Gr 6-10-An in-depth look at a unique culture that exists in Australia's remote interior. Well detailed and meticulously documented, this book does an excellent job of illustrating the diversity of the outback population as well as the challenges faced by its inhabitants. Aboriginal history, cattle and sheep farming, urban life, school by air, and the opal industry are discussed at length and the book flows easily from one topic to another. Personal perspectives on daily life are provided via first-person accounts. The book is well designed for research, offering an extensive bibliography, good index, and glossary of Australian lingo as well as numerous black-and-white photographs that support the text. Quality of information aside, there is a textbooklike aspect to the presentation that may be overwhelming, and indeed off-putting, for some readers. However, if students can get past the rather uninspired visuals, they'll find a topnotch resource for reports.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.