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Children's Nonfiction Travel

52 Days by Camel

My Sahara Adventure

by (author) Lawrie Raskin & Debora Pearson

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price

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Praise for the original edition: “Fascinating information … an attractive choice for libraries ...” —Booklist

A lifelong fascination with the desert led Lawrie Raskin to undertake a remarkable trek across the Sahara to the fabled city of Timbuktu. Together with author Debora Pearson, he chronicles his journey to the ancient city—and beyond.

Readers will discover first-hand what it’s like to travel over vast seas of orange sand. They’ll experience the nasty smell of a camel’s breath, learn how to bargain in an African market and read about the roles women play in Moslem societies. Raskin’s evocative photographs, including scenes of modern-day life, reflect the many faces of Africa. His enthusiasm and wit shine through as he invites readers to share in his extraordinary adventures and eye-opening discoveries.

This revised edition features new text and photographs showcasing how contemporary Africa, from cell phones to skyscrapers, lives alongside the ancient among the sands of the Sahara. The next best thing to being there, 52 Days by Camel is a stunning introduction to the fascinating culture and breathtaking landscapes of the Sahara desert. 

About the authors

Lawrie Raskin and Debora Pearson ; photography by Lawrie Raskin

Lawrie Raskin's profile page

Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.

Debora Pearson's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Students will do well to consult this book, and will enjoy the sites and experiences from Raskin’s adventures.”—Resource Links, 12/08

“… delightful recreational reading.”—CM Magazine, 12/08

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