The Rats of Tobruk

The Rats of Tobruk


When a Bedouin boy, Omar, is separated from his family in Libya during WW2, he makes his way to the coast to look for them. Tired and hungry, Omar is taken in and cared for by two Australian soldiers, Bluey and Albert, as they struggle to survive during the Siege of Tobruk.

When Bluey disappears during a patrol, Omar is determined to findhim, and uses all his knowledge of the desert as he searches for his friend. This is a story of friendship found in the most unusual of places, and a boy’s determination against all the odds.

About the Author and Illustrator

Fine artist Mark Wilson has been illustrating and writing children’s books for over twenty years, at the same time exhibiting as afine artist in many solo and group exhibitions and performingas a musician. Of his numerous popular children’s books, the most recent are Stranded!, Angel of Kokoda, Journey of the Sea Turtle, My Mother’s Eyes: The Story of a Boy Soldier, The Yellow Turban, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and The Little Wooden Horse. Mark has won many awards for illustration and fine art.