Red Sand, Blue Sky
Two years after the death of her mother, with her father away at a conference in Canada, young Amy Wilson finds herself on an exciting summer adventure. Accompanied by her Aunt Caroline, Amy makes the long journey from her home in Melbourne into the wild Australian outback where Caroline lives. Amy soon discovers that life in Aboriginal country is different than the city atmosphere she is used to. Far outside the range of television signals, Amy must find other means of entertainment. As she explores her new surroundings, Amy becomes acquainted with an Aboriginal girl named Lana. At first, the girls are wary of each other because of the difference in their skin color and cultures. As they get to know each other, though, they become good friends. They spend hours playing together and enjoying typical summer activities, such as swimming and camping. One fateful night, however, their summer-time fun turns terrifying, as they unexpectedly discover a vicious thief stealing artifacts from a sacred Aborigine site. (Note of caution: this story contains references to the spiritualism and superstitions held by some natives of Australia's outback.) ~ Rachel P.