Benny and Babe (Benny Series #2)

Benny and Babe (Benny Series #2)

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by Eoin Colfer
     
 

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Benny Shaw, the sports-mad, carefree lad whose adventures in Tunisia have convinced him that he can take on the world, suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe Meara. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him. And he's on her territory. Benny is visiting his grandfather in the country for the summer holidays and finds his… See more details below

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Benny Shaw, the sports-mad, carefree lad whose adventures in Tunisia have convinced him that he can take on the world, suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe Meara. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him. And he's on her territory. Benny is visiting his grandfather in the country for the summer holidays and finds his position as a "townie" makes him the object of much teasing by natives. Babe is the village tomboy, given serious respect by the local tough guys. She runs a thriving business, rescuing the lost lures and flies of visiting fishermen and selling them at a tidy profit. Babe just might consider Benny as her business partner. But things become very complicated, and dangerous, when Furty Howlin wants a slice of the action.

Author Biography: Eoin Colfer is a bestselling author in his native Ireland. A former schoolteacher, he is a now a full-time writer. He is the author of Artemis Fowl and Benny and Omar.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
Duncade is the Irish town where thirteen-year-old Benny fusses and fumes about life being unfair: why is he stuck in this boring hick town, why is his little brother a poet instead of a ball boy, why do not people appreciate his hurling ability, and so forth. He is going through life with a chip on his shoulder, passing time crawlie fishing, and secretly playing with his action figure. Benny meets Babe, a "culchie," when he is recruited for the village hurling team. She and her mutt Conger are on the team. Benny's Granda and his friend Jerry, along with Babe and the other villagers are amusing and idiosyncratic characters in this thoroughly absorbing coming-of-age story. The author uses local dialect and vivid language to convey a strong sense of place. Readers will be able to taste, see, and smell the small fishing village on the Irish coast where the action is set. A story that seems fluffy at the outset becomes deep and substantial as the tale is told. Believable characters, great dialogue, and an engaging plot make this story one that will resonate with readers. This reader was sorry to see it end. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
VOYA - Karen Jensen
Colfer has quite the following of supernatural fans with the entertaining Artemis Fowl series, and they may be surprised when they pick up the more realistic Benny series, originally published in the U.K. in 1998. In Benny and Omar, Benny, a lover of hurling (similar to field hockey), is forced to move with his family to Tunisia. The culture shock is amazing, and he finds it difficult to adjust. Soon Benny befriends an orphan named Omar. When Benny learns of Omar's mentally challenged sister living in an institution, the two set out on an adventure to try to rescue her. Throughout the book, Benny grows and learns to think of others besides himself. In the sequel, Benny and Babe, Benny spends his summer with his grandfather in the country. As a "townie," he tries to find his way "in" with a group of locals through his love of hurling. But he is surprised when he is outmatched by a girl named Babe and her dog. The two soon try out a money-making venture that attracts the interest of local thug Furty Howlin. Throughout the books local Irish colloquialisms and dialect are used, which can sometimes be challenging. Younger teen readers will enjoy and be able to identify with the comedic adventures of Benny. According to the O'Brien Press Web site, Benny and Babe became a number-one bestseller in Ireland and knocked Harry Potter out of the top spot.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8
Benny Shaw is spending the summer with his lighthouse-keeper grandfather on the coast of Ireland in Eoin Colfer's novel (Miramax, 2007). The boy believes he'll be welcomed by the local children because of his athletic prowess, but he's surprised when he's chosen last for teams, bitten by a dog, and knocked on his arse by a girl named Babe. A tomboy to the extreme, Babe lets Benny know that as a townie, he has little to offer. After several amusing encounters, the duo develop a grudging respect for each other. Babe agrees to take Benny on as a partner in her profitable fishing lure business, but complications arise when a local tough boy decides to take it over. Narrator Euan Morton's Irish accent is spot-on, and after a while listeners will become comfortable with it. A brilliant story filled with humor and joy.
—Tricia MelgaardCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141323299
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Series:
Benny Series, #2
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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