Morton's bristly Scottish brogue emphasizes the fish-out-of-water stature of Colfer's protagonist Benny, an Irish lad who finds himself transplanted, along with his family, to Tunisia. Benny is forced to leave his favorite game of hurling behind, and must struggle with a new school very different from what he knew; he takes solace in meeting Omar, a new friend who helps him adjust to the lay of the land in his new home. Morton reads with a sincerity that helps him serve up Colfer's smooth prose with aplomb. Fans of the author's Artemis Fowl fantasy series will find an entertaining change of pace in this contemporary, more character-driven text, though still plenty of adventure. Ages 10-up. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Benny and Omar (Benny Series #1)by Eoin Colfer
Two cultures meet in this hilarious book about a young sports fanatic named Benny who is forced to leave his home in Ireland and move with his family to Tunisia. He wonders how he will survive in such an unfamiliar place. Then he teams up with wild and resourceful Omar, and a madcap friendship between the two boys leads to trouble, escapades, a unique way of… See more details below
Two cultures meet in this hilarious book about a young sports fanatic named Benny who is forced to leave his home in Ireland and move with his family to Tunisia. He wonders how he will survive in such an unfamiliar place. Then he teams up with wild and resourceful Omar, and a madcap friendship between the two boys leads to trouble, escapades, a unique way of communicating, and ultimately a heartbreaking challenge.
Author Biography: Eoin Colfer lives in Ireland and has worked in Africa as a teacher.
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When a Irish boy finds out that his dad¿s job is threatened, he hears that they may be moving. After Benny wins a hurling final, he goes home to find out they are moving to Tunisia of all places. When Benny gets to Tunisia he meets a Tunisian boy named Omar, who speaks English from what he learned on tv, and soon they are best buds. Benny finds out Omar has no parents, but a sister who lives on a hospital farm. Benny wants to help Omar and Omar¿s sister Kaheena survive, because they are poor. This book is great because a Irish boy changed into a good and helpful person. It is also a funny and exciting book from the start. I liked this book because of how the boys communicated. Omar had learned English from what he had watched on tv. When they spoke to each other Benny had to talk tv to Omar. Omar picked up funny phrases like ¿ye eejit¿ and ¿bee gees¿ which meant brothers. When you read this book you pick up a lot of Tunisian words like ¿nam¿ which means ¿yes¿ and ¿mafi¿ which means ¿no¿. I liked this book because of how adventurous Benny and Omar were. The results were good and bad. Like the night Omar picks up Benny on his motorbike and they ride to a soccer stadium without being caught. I also liked that Benny helped Omar and Kaheena get away from the guards. I liked that they were able to survive for two days alone. I didn¿t like that it left you hanging. In the end we never knew what happened to Omar after being swept away in a flood. When Benny left the bus to help Omar we don¿t know what happened to the children on the bus after it was stopped in town. What does Benny do after Omar is gone? This is a funny, scary, and exciting book that you would never want to put down.