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The Turtle of Oman - A Novel - cover

The Turtle of Oman - A Novel

Naomi Shihab Nye

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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Summary

ALA Notable Book: A “warm and humorous” novel of a boy’s much-dreaded move from the Middle East to Michigan with his parents (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). 
 
Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Sidi. He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school. His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase, but he refuses. Finally, she calls Sidi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Sidi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Sidi’s roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, and they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Sidi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref’s suitcase—mementos of home. 
 
Acclaimed poet and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye’s warmth, attention to detail, and belief in the power of empathy and connection shines from every page of this story following Aref Al-Amri as he says goodbye to Muscat, Oman and prepares for a journey to an unfamiliar world.  
 
“Richly rewarding.” —School Library Journal 
 
“Deeply moving.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 
 
“Nye’s story about the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and their mutual love for their country is somehow both quiet and exhilarating.” —Horn Book (starred review) 
 
A Winner of the Middle East Book Award 
 
Includes bonus material from the author and art by Betsy Peterschmidt
Available since: 08/26/2014.
Print length: 309 pages.

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