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Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer
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Benny and Omar

by Eoin Colfer

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First we Americans get culture shock meeting Benny Shaw, an Irish lad. Then he gets culture shock when he's relocated to Tunisia and meets an orphan scrabbling for survival on the streets outside the ex-pats' compound. Funny, insightful, sad, exciting, scary, funny some more, and very thought-provoking. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
read in primary school, remember it being good, recommended. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 2014 |
There's a lot to enjoy about this book, but it was too Irish for *me*, let alone most American middle schoolers of my acquaintance. The slang was distracting, and the sport of hurling without any explanation was impenetrable. With a glossary and/or foreword for American audiences a la the Georgia Nicolson books, it could work much better.
  SamMusher | Mar 30, 2013 |
Hurling-mad Benny has moved to Tunisia with his family and is a fish out of water. Just outside the compound where he lives is a boy named Omar who has a very different life from Benny's. With no common language, they communicate through phrases from 1990's television. Benny can't seem to stay on the right path and his growing friendship with Omar isn't helping. Funny and heartbreaking. ( )
  mrs.kehoe | Jan 24, 2013 |
Read my review at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog! ( )
  herebebooks | Dec 29, 2010 |
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Benny Shaw was built like a ferret, or so Father Barty liked to tell everybody.
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A comic novel in which hurling fanatic Benny is suddenly landed in Tunisia, where life becomes hectic when he meets Omar. The two boys beat the language problem in their own unique way.

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Twelve-year-old Benny, a hurling fanatic, moves to Tunisia, North Africa, when his father is transferred and has a hard time adjusting to the new land until he meets Omar.

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