Taconi, a young aboriginal boy living on Coorparoo Cattle Station, in outback Australia, fears the unknown. His upcoming Man Ceremony, Dreamtime Spirits, and his Dad's change of job are just three of the unknowns he must tackle. Claude, his chatty cockatoo, offers wise one-liners. Yet Taconi must discover courage and insight for himself. Suggested ages for readers: 9-14 yeTaconi, a young aboriginal boy living on Coorparoo Cattle Station, in outback Australia, fears the unknown. His upcoming Man Ceremony, Dreamtime Spirits, and his Dad's change of job are just three of the unknowns he must tackle. Claude, his chatty cockatoo, offers wise one-liners. Yet Taconi must discover courage and insight for himself. Suggested ages for readers: 9-14 years...
|Title||:||Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble|
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Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble Reviews
The fear of the unknown sends Taconi’s mind into the darkest corners of his imagination. Will his ever changing life continue to spiral out of control? Finding his one true place while saddling the life as an aboriginal in the Australian outback and then as a Jackaroo in the white man’s world is a constant struggle. With the anticipation of his man ceremony, Taconi fights his inner thoughts to be worthy of his aboriginal customs; all the while, striving to understand his father’s need to become the head cook on the Coorparoo Cattle Station. The fight for balance becomes quite confusing for young Taconi in his determination not to forget his heritage and accepting the need to live in the white man’s world. Along the way he finds comfort and direction in an unlikely companion, the outspoken Claude the cockatoo. This unlikely and heartwarming friendship is wise beyond their years and will have the reader cheering for Taconi’s one true quest, acceptance. Will Taconi be able to weave customs from both worlds into a comfortable fit? Author, M.E. Finke expertly brings forth her expertise of the Australian outback in this fast paced fictional story transporting the reader with the perfect blend of description and dialogue. For a deeper understanding of the Australian, author M.E. Finke provides a glossary of Australian terms, which will surely bring out the love of reading to the most reluctant reader.
Set in the Australian outback in the 1950s, Taconi and Claude: Double Trouble takes you on a journey where you'll feel the aboriginal boy's two biggest fears: the ceremony that will initiate the 12 year old as a man of his tribe, and his concerns his dad, who's started cooking for Boss and Missus, won't have time to teach him how to become a man.Taconi decides that only a tail feather from a blue kingfisher, like the medicine man has, can help him. And just maybe it will help him understand his dad's advice: "Aborigine man must know how to live in black skin and with white folks."When Taconi goes walkabout to hunt for the talisman, accompanying him is a cockatoo named Claude whose one liners are as humorous as they are wise. Could it be that the Dreamtime spirits are talking through him? For it's not soon after that Taconi learns the real power is what's inside each of us, the power that lives within our head and our heart.Filled with Australian slang, similes and settings, Taconi and Claude is a chance to glimpse an almost-forgotten way of life through a preteen's eyes. It's a mid-grade adventure filled with fun—and a dash of danger—that's just right for boys, tomboys and anyone interested in the outback.
Author Margot Finke takes us to Australian Outback of the early 1950s with this fiction story. About a young aboriginal boy pulled in different directions by his dad’s problems. His only friend is a chatty cockatoo with a parade of funny one-liners. To make the story more interesting the author provides a glossary of Aboriginal and Aussie Words and sayings.
Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble, a Chapbook for Tweens, by Margot Finke, is a wonderful addition to this genre. The book is a coming of age story set in the 1950’s in the Australian Outback. There’s a lot of Aussie information in the chapters to interest kids who wonder what it’s like “down under.” I found myself humming “Waltzing Matilda” as I turned the pages and met fascinating creatures from that familiar song. The story has strange words and phrases that are commonplace to Taconi (and defined at the end of the story). Each time Taconi encounters one of the special critters from the outback, you are engaged and enter more deeply into his world and his conflict. Taconi is an aboriginal boy on the verge of his "man ceremony." His best friend Claude, the talkative Cockatoo, accompanies him everywhere. Taconi is caught between two worlds -- the tribal world he was born into and the white man's world he navigates with his Dad, a cook on the Coorparoo Cattle Station. The old and new ways constantly bump into each other. Taconi must learn white man's customs in order to fit in there and yet not lose his tribal heritage and connection. His faithful though loud-mouthed pal Claude, talks a lot but also says just what Taconi needs to hearAs any other adolescent, Taconi wonders: What will I be when I grow up? What if I can’t endure the pain, and cry out at my “Man Ceremony,” humiliating myself and shaming my Dad? Does Dad have my interests at heart or is he ignoring me as he pursues his goal? These thoughts haunt Taconi’s dreams and worry him during the day. Still he (view spoiler)[ helps his Dad save the soup and also(hide spoiler)] searches for the blue kingfisher tail feather with its powerful magic. Eventually Taconi learns some important truths about his life that enable him to accept and acclimate to both worlds.Transplanted Aussie Margot Finke captures the reader’s interest with her intense beginning, Taconi’s fearful dream. As you follow Taconi’s story, you worry something awful may befall the outspoken Claude. Or the ancient and menacing Medicine Man may harm Taconi, his Dad, or Claude. Ms. Finke keeps the story moving, having Taconi deal with one problem after another as his wisdom and courage grow. I commend Margot Finke for this exciting, entertaining story about a distant world in a different time, but with a timeless message about growing up and finding your own way. This one is sure to be a favorite of kids here and “down under.”
“The full moon cast a cold light on Taconi’s naked body as four wizened elders pinned him on the ground close to a blazing fire. Sweat rolled off him, and his heart raced the thump, thump, thump of the feather drums: faster and faster.”Synopsis: This is a 1950′s coming of age story about a young aboriginal boy living in the Australian outback. Nearly 13, Taconi knows he will soon face his upcoming man ceremony and suffers night terrors. Secrecy shrouds the ceremony and he has no one to talk with except Claude, his chatty Cockatoo. He’s also torn about leaving his mother and tribe to live with his father, who is a cook at the Coorparoo Cattle Station. His father says that it’s good for Taconi to learn and understand the white man’s world if he’s to serve his tribe in later years. Taconi will train as a jackaroo (cowboy) on the cattle ranch. The Boss and the Misses throw a big party which gives Taconi’s father the chance to become the head “Cookie,” at the ranch. But the meal is jeopardized when dingoes (wild dogs) raid the chicken house, leaving no meat for the soup. Taconi wants to help his father and goes on a dangerous walkabout into the bush with Claude to find good aboriginal meat for the soup. He kills a Bandy-Bandy snake, searches for Witchetty grubs, a Goanna (lizard) and catches Yabbies (shell-fish) for his father’s soup. Only Taconi and his father know the secret of a good pot of soup. Trouble still lurks before the big ranch party. And, Taconi must have the courage to deal with the Dreamtime Spirits planning his future. Why I like this book: I was wowed by Taconi and Claude from the first chapter. Margot Finke has written a gripping story that weaves Aussie language and vivid tales of Medicine Men and tribal customs with an adventure that boys and girls won’t be able to put down. Finke quickly draws the reader into Taconi’s life in the outback and the challenges he faces. Each chapter is a page turner. The characters are fleshed out, including his awesome Cockatoo, Claude, who provides much comic relief throughout the story. The plot is exciting, funny and packed with action. Readers will enjoy learning about eating live Witchetty Grubs, catching Yabbies and being covered by green fire ants. There is a glossary of Aussie terms at the end of the book that will introduce readers to a variety of new vocabulary and expose them to a new culture.