Roma the Road Train’s First Road Trip
Little Steps, 2020
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
The road from Darwin to Alice Springs is almost 1500 km long and travels through some of Australia’s most scenic but inhospitable country. Getting freight between the two centres can be arduous and hazardous even for the huge road trains that make the trip regularly.
This story about Roma the road train’s first journey takes young readers through that outback country showing off not only the countryside but also the life of the driver who makes it, one typical of the men and women who do it frequently as they earn their living. Driver and truck become one as the journey unfolds, the driver attuned to every nuance of the motor, every sensation felt through the steering wheel and then every night time sound as he curls up in the bunk behind the cab.
If you have young students, boys or girls, who have a hankering to be a truckie, or are just wanting to demonstrate another different lifestyle found in this vast country, then the road train drivers, the distances they travel, the country they travel through and the sort of freight they carry offer that.