Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review ~ Taconic & Claude: Double Trouble by M.E. Finke

Title: Taconi & Claude: Double Trouble

Author: M. E. Finke

Soft cover: 104 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. / January 2011

Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-130-6

e-Book ISBN: 978-1-61633-131-3

Price: $8.95

The fear of the unknown sends Taconi’s mind into the darkest corners of his imagination. Will his ever changing life continue to spiral out of control? Finding his one true place while saddling the life as an aboriginal in the Australian outback and then as a Jackaroo in the white man’s world is a constant struggle. With the anticipation of his man ceremony, Taconi fights his inner thoughts to be worthy of his aboriginal customs; all the while, striving to understand his father’s need to become the head cook on the Coorparoo Cattle Station.

The fight for balance becomes quite confusing for young Taconi in his determination not to forget his heritage and accepting the need to live in the white man’s world. Along the way he finds comfort and direction in an unlikely companion, the outspoken Claude the cockatoo. This unlikely and heartwarming friendship is wise beyond their years and will have the reader cheering for Taconi’s one true quest, acceptance. Will Taconi be able to weave customs from both worlds into a comfortable fit?

Author, M.E. Finke expertly brings forth her expertise of the Australian outback in this fast paced fictional story transporting the reader with the perfect blend of description and dialogue. For a deeper understanding of the Australian, author M.E. Finke provides a glossary of Australian terms, which will surely bring out the love of reading to the most reluctant reader.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Thanks for the great review, Donna! I've just purchased this book and am looking forward to reading it and passing it to my kids.


  2. Thanks Donna for spreading the word about Taconi and Claude.

    And thanks Karin for buying my book. Do let me know if you enjoy it -

    Writing it was a labor of love.

    Margot's Magic Carpet - all my books on one page.

  3. Great review for a great book. I'm reading it now.
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
    Children's Author of Klutzy Kantor & Marta's Gargantuan Wings

  4. Taconi and Claude sounds like a great read! Wonderful review Donna!

  5. Thanks for sharing the great review. I listened to Margot read and excerpt from the book on Book Bites for Kids and it sounds like quite a book!

  6. Mayra, Sharon and Jessica, thanks a whole bunch for your super comments.
    You all did me proud.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet – all 11 books on one page.

  7. Nice interview, Donna---and thanks, Margot, for sharing your background and some tidbits of how you are living the writer's life. Don't you have to wonder how anyone could not want to be a writer? I hope we'll be hearing a lot more about Taconi and Claude down the road.

  8. Thanks Bill, your comments are much appreciated.

    Margot's Magic Carpet - all 11 of my books on one page


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