When a rebellious youth named Donovan leaves his home in Europe for a family trip to Australia, he quickly determines another course when he decides to seek out some adventure of his own. While slipping away from the care of his guardian and sister at the airport in Darwin, he decides to take a tour bus to a Crocodile Farm, which inadvertently continues to take him hundreds of miles deeper in the outback and into Kakadu National park. His curiosity continues to get the best of him, when he sets off on foot to explore a trail to a waterfall and plunge pool. One mishap leads to another until he finds himself alone in the dark and unprepared to face the unknown that envelopes his surroundings. Once he discovers that he is lost, he continues to make his way through the bush, but not without its perils. Eventually, he befriends an Aborigine boy named Neji, who is on a journey into manhood. Together they fight against the elements and the mysteries of the dark, with beliefs and rituals as deep as the Dreamtime. All the while, a peculiar stranger continues to shadow them for unknown reasons. Pretty soon, Donovan finds himself on an unexpected course with this deliberate Swagman, with his harsh ways and cruel intentions. Without warning, Donovan is forced to use all that he has learned, in order to survive this downward spiral that seems to be leading him nowhere; while his only hope is to try to make it back to civilization again…
“Bridging the multi-cultural gap between two youths traveling in the Outback, Anita Melillo’s new novel proves that everyone’s background has significance and meaning. Exploring themes of social values, beliefs and the power of relationships, the book is set to resonate with readers around the world. Critics praise the author for her unique style of writing; tackling vitally important issues through humor, drama and feel-good imagery. With the book’s popularity expected to rise, interested readers are urged to get their hands on a copy as soon as possible.” Press Release POC
Targeted Age Group: Middle Grade to Teen Readers
About the Author:
Anita Melillo lives in the mountains of Colorado and has always had a passion for adventure and writing. Her novel, “The Great Empty” is an Australian outback adventure novel. It is written in a contemporary fiction style, and a coming-of-age story about an unbridled youth that gets lost in the outback and learns to survive with the help of an Aborigine boy. A sequel for this novel will be published soon, which will continue this adventure series in, “Villages North of Here”.
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