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Camels Always Do

by Lynn Manuel
illustrated by Kasia Charko

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list price: $9.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 2004
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  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
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In this fictionalized story about a piece of British Columbia history, Cameron and his father travel as packers with twenty-one camels on the long trip to the gold fields. On the way, they must deal with all the camel characteristics that make the animals poorly suited to the job. When the camelsĂ­ feet are injured on the rocks, Cameron knows what to do. When they become so stinky that townspeople will not put up with them, Cameron knows what to do. In the end, though, doing what must be done is not so easy.

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'These animals are really something!' said a man in a business suit. 'Especially the big one. That Barnum has a real stubborn streak.'

'Camels always do,' said Cameron.

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About the Authors

Lynn Manuel

"Lynn Manuel was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. The daughter of a steel-worker, she graduated from McMaster University with a degree in history and went on to receive a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Teacher Education College. After moving to British Columbia in 1976, she began her writing career while raising her two children, Jennifer and David. When her children were older, she returned to school to complete a Masters degree in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She now lives in White Rock, British Columbia, with her husband, Ken, where she enjoys giving readings in the schools and libraries, and spending time with her grandchildren–Ben, Emma, and Maddy. "
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Kasia Charko

Working in watercolor and colored pencil, Kasia Charko creates detailed, colorful paintings that bring period, place and character to life. Born and educated in England, Kasia lives in Alton, Ontario, with her family of animals.
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