BENNY AND OMAR

By
Eoin Colfer
Benny and Omar

Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

Awards

IBbY Honour List 2002 - 2002

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240 pages
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196x130 mm
ISBN:
9780862785673

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The hilarious debut novel from one of the world's favourite children's authors. Benny Shaw, 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.

EOIN COLFER is the one of the world's favourite children's authors, and has written the 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 with several translations published. His second book, Benny and Babe, was published in June 1999. It became a No 1 bestseller in Ireland, knocking the famous Harry Potter out of the top spot in the Bestseller List! The Wish List 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'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.

Eoin has his own website with lots of information about his books.

a great friendship story

Mad About Books

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

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

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

Sunday Business Post

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

RTE Guide

 

Reader Reviews


A brilliant book, it's so funny. It's the best book I've read so far. I really enjoy reading Eoin Colfer's books, they always want to make me read more'.

Ross on 8th July 2010

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Teaching Resources: free to view and download

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  • pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber

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Other books by this author
  • Benny and Babe
  • The Wish List
  • Going Potty
  • Ed's Funny Feet

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