In case you can't tell by my previous reviews, I've become a fan of Margot Finke's books. And I think the newest one I've read, Trial by Walkabout, is her best yet.
Like Finke's other books, this takes place in Australia and the reader learns a lot about the aboriginal culture and natural environment of that land. But that educational stuff is incidental.
In the story the main character, Josh, learns a lot about himself and the meaning of friendship when he finds himself in the outback with Bindi, an Aboriginal boy. But that isn't the primary benefit of the book either.
The best thing about Trial by Walkabout is the exciting plot. The life-threatening dangers are completely believable. This is a book boys won't be able to put down!