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The Song Walker

“There are three questions that I need to find the answers to:
Where am I?
What am I doing here?
And… Who am I?”

When a young girl wakes up in the middle of the desert, she has no idea who she is. She’s wearing one shoe, a silky black dress, and she’s carrying a strange, heavy case.

She meets Tarni, who is on a mysterious quest of her own. Together, the two girls trek across the vast and ever-changing Australian Outback in search of answers. Except both are also hiding secrets…

The Song Walker

The Song Walker

by Zillah Bethell


  • Recommended class reader for grades 6 – 9
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • ISBN: 9781474966856

“Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the mystical Australian Outback in ‘The Song Walker’, where a young girl’s unique connection to the land and its secrets holds the power to heal and transform lives.”



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Review of the book The Song Walker by Zillah Bethell.


“The Song Walker” by Zillah Bethell is an enchanting and evocative novel that transports readers to the mesmerizing landscapes of the Australian Outback. Bethell’s lyrical prose and vivid descriptions paint a rich tapestry of the natural world, making it a character in its own right.

At the heart of the story is the remarkable journey of our young protagonist, a girl with a deep connection to the land and an extraordinary gift for hearing the songs of the earth. This mystical ability allows her to navigate the harsh terrain and connect with the spirits of the land, creating a sense of wonder and magic that permeates the narrative.

The characters in the book are beautifully crafted, each with their own complexities and inner struggles. The relationships that develop among them are both heartwarming and genuine, adding depth and emotional resonance to the story.

As the narrative unfolds, it weaves together themes of family, identity, and the enduring power of storytelling. The novel delves into the importance of preserving indigenous cultures and the profound connection between people and the land they inhabit.

“The Song Walker” is a tale of self-discovery, resilience, and the transcendent power of nature. It’s a story that lingers in the reader’s mind, inviting contemplation of the deep mysteries of the natural world and the enduring bonds between humans and their environment. Zillah Bethell’s masterful storytelling makes this a must-read for those who appreciate beautifully written, thought-provoking literature that celebrates the magic of the world around us.

“The Song Walker” by Zillah Bethell is generally most suitable for middle-grade and young adult readers, typically ranging from ages 10 to 16. The book’s themes and writing style are well-suited for this age group, as it explores the journey of a young protagonist and the mystical aspects of the Australian Outback.


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