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Benny and Omar (Benny Shaw) [Turtleback]

Eoin Colfer
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30 Oct 2004 Benny Shaw
A hilarious book from this first-time author in which a young sporting fanatic is forced to leave his beloved Wexford, home of all his heroes, and move with his family to Tunisia! How will he survive in a place like this? Then he teams up with Omar, and a madcap friendship between the two boys leads to trouble, crazy escapades, a unique way of communicating, and heartbreaking challenges.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (30 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606298894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606298896
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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Review

'Eoin Colfer has a very cool line in storytelling.'

(RTE Guide RTE Guide)

'Hilarious -- there is hardly a page which will not have a reader laughing aloud'

(The Irish Times The Irish Times)

'I thought this book was brilliant. It is definitely a 'One to read' ... I would give this book 9 out of 10. If you want to improve your vocabulary read this book. It is one of the best books I've ever read.'

(Sixth-class reviewer - Wicklow People)

'Colfer smoothly layers adventure, moments of poignancy and subtle social commentary and his comic timing is pitch-perfect'

(Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly)

Listed in the 'Top ten essential books for every family'

(Sunday Business Post)

a great friendship story

(Mad About Books) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

EOIN COLFER is the author of international bestselling Artemis Fowl books. A former schoolteacher, Eoin lives in Wexford with his wife Jackie and sons Finn and Seán. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy, as well as in Ireland. Eoin is very involved in theatre and has written several plays, which have been staged in various parts of Ireland.

His first novel, Benny and Omar, was published by The O'Brien Press in October 1998 and was an immediate bestseller. It was applauded by critics because of its comic genius. International recognition soon followed as translation rights were sold to various publishers abroad. His second book, Benny and Babe was published in June 1999. Benny and Babe became a No 1 bestseller in Ireland, knocking the famous Harry Potter out of the top spot in the Bestseller List!

Eoin's writing style is incredibly diverse as he has also written for the younger readers in the O'Brien Flyers series. For the series, which is aimed at 6+ readers, he has created the wonderful character of Ed Cooper, whose misadventures appear in Going Potty, Ed's Funny Feet and Ed's Bed.

The Wish List is Eoin's third book for the older age group. It is the story of Meg Finn, a young teenager who dies, but is too good for Hell and too bad for Heaven. Back on earth she has a chance of salvation if she can fulfil the Wish List of pensioner Lowrie. Mission impossible for Meg?

Eoin has his own website with lots of information about his books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book 31 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is about a young boy who moves to Africa.He doesn't give the place a chance and he hates it until he meets Omar,a Tunisian boy who can only speak the words he has heard on TV.A frindship blossoms but it also leeds them into a lot of trouble..... An excellent book with loads of laughs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Read 3 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This story about an Irish lad Benny who has to move to Tuunisia with his family and meets a local lad Omar, will leave you spellbound. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. It will leave you in tears at the end. Having visited Tunisia many times, I have to say the book is totally accurate and portrays the country and especially Sfax, exactly as life is there still in 2007.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 21 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Benny and Omar is a great story about Benny(an Irish boy who loves hurling) and Omar(an Africa orphan living alone) Benny moves to Africa with his family because his father has to work there. He misses his friends in Ireland but the thing he misses most is hurling. He meets Omar who lives in a shed outside the village on his own, and watches a load of satelite TV. Omar can't speak english but he communicates in TV phrases. They become great friends and have loads of adventures together. This book is very good and well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars International Coming-of-Age Story for Boys 3 Mar 2008
By Middle-aged Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 12-year old son and I greatly enjoyed reading this funny, illuminating, and entertaining coming-of-age story. We haven't read Artemus Fowl, so I can't really compare it, but this book, on its own, is outstanding. It follows a familiar coming-of-age story arc---problem child runs into crisis from which he learns and grows---but the book offers so much more than that. The story is told from the perspective of the always-in-trouble protagonist, but without a hint of patronizing condescension. The "Irishness" of the book's language and culture, and the African setting both add deliciously to the mix. The story never flags: lots of laughter and no small amount of suspense. Clever and original; we loved it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To any one who say this books is stupid - grow up! 22 Dec 2003
By Moniker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book isn't supposed to be in the same style as Artemis Fowl. But, amazeningly, it far supasses it. The author weaves mystery, comedy and adventure in to a story whic to me, reminds me of a mixture of Survivor, Annie and the Producers.
The comedy is great. When i first read this book, i was 12, so i didn't reall y understand all of the jokes, but now, 2 years later, the jokes amuse to no end. The way that Benny and Omar communicate is classic, using TV terms like "I'm Bonds, James Bond Omar" to introduce ones self.
Okay. ENough of the fawning. Now to the plot. It's a great plot. Benny, a fairly self centered Irish preteen is moved with his family to Tunisia. There he teams up with a boy who lives in a cardboard box and has learn ed his english from TV. What follows is one of the best adeventures with children that i have ever read.
Omar, the boy, is basically living in poverty and with very little to survive on. He and BEnny instantly pair up and help each other out. Benny enjoys this all until Omar asks him to help kidnap Omars sick little sister.
Colfer writes it soooooo well. He had jokes at just the right time and develops Benny (and Omar a little bit) so well that you can really see the changes happening adn why. Despite the way that the book ended, i still enjoyed it emensly and Benny and Omar is one of my favorite books.
Ever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 6 Feb 2010
By Kathy Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
a brilliant and hilarious plot,benny and omar is the best book i've read in ages! its a comedy,its action packed,its a bit romantic,its educational,and its a weepy too.i highly recommend for ages 10 to 100!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kati 16 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Benny and Omar The O'Brien press, 2006, 279pp, $18.95
Eoin Colfer ISBN 978-1-4231-0281-6

What would you do if you had to move to Tunisia, Africa just because your dad got a promotion? Would you be happy for your dad and congratulate him? If you said yes to these questions then Benny did the exact opposite f you, in this fantastic realistic fiction by Eoin Colfer!!
Benny Shaw lives in his own little sarcastic and "not caring what other people think" kind of world. Having to move to Africa doesn't completely change that world, it just simply adjusts a little of it. There he finds out that the teachers' have their students call them by their first name but, Benny just calls them hippies. He also finds out that the students all hate him because of all his "negative energy," except one girl Grace that actually likes him. He also meets Omar who fools Benny into thinking he's still in Ireland
Each chapter has a title that's a little odd, for example chapter nine; Corpzublicked. It sounds weird now but throughout the book it explains itself.
I personally fell in love with this amazing book because it explains a crisis that a teenager would actually go through. I recommend this book to anyone that absolutely loves a good book! Eoin Colfer is a great author in this amazing thriller Benny and Omar!!

--Kati
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best friendship stories ever! 11 Dec 2008
By Pampered.Pixie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge Artemis Fowl, so when I was at the library and I saw the book Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer and decided to check it out. I LOVED it! Benny and Omar is the story of twelve year old Benny, who moves all the way from his home in Ireland to Tunisia. In Tunisia Benny has trouble making friends with the other European children in the village he moved too. (Benny's dad works at a EuroGas plant, so Benny's not actually in contact with many Tunisians.) When Benny works his way over the village wall he makes friends with Omar, a young local. Omar lives in a small shack outside the village Benny lives in. Benny and Omar quickly become friends, and as the two become closer Benny realizes the hardships his friend faces on a regular base.
This story is amazingly funny, but when you step back and look past the laughter you see an amazing peice of literature. This book should be read by everyone!
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