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While visiting his grandparents in a village on the coast of Wexford, Ireland, Benny Shaw becomes involved in a bait-collecting scheme started by a girl called Babe, and in Babe's volatile relationship with Furty Howlin.
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Eoin Colfer is a bestselling author in his native Ireland. A former schoolteacher, he is a now a full-time writer. He is the author of Artemis Fowl and Benny and Omar.From School Library Journal:
Grades 6-8--Humor, sensitivity, and candor underscore this coming-of-age story that features incredibly well-drawn characters. First introduced in Benny and Omar (O'Brien, 2001), 13-year-old Benny Shaw is Colfer's protagonist once again. He is a townie, spending his summer holidays on the coast with his lighthouse-keeper Granda. Babe is a wooller, a local, and the inherent prejudice between the two groups defines the state of their relationship at first. Benny meets her and her dog Conger at a hurling game. Their initial encounter is far from congenial, but a rocky friendship develops. Eventually they form a "partnership" to retrieve fishing bait lost in the water. With their combined forces they gather the bait in order to market it, often selling it back to the people who lost it. Enter Furty Howlin, the town bad boy with a dreadful home life who has already been in prison for a botched robbery attempt. He, too, is selling bait, and the competition begins. Danger follows, Furty is involved in their rescue, and Benny and Babe learn something about their relationship. In the beginning, the Irish colloquialisms are off-putting, but the wonderfully constructed story and the fully developed characters help readers to get past the obstacle. This book has it all-an absorbing story, vibrant characters with whom readers will surely identify, and an on-target narrative voice.
Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Book Description O'Brien Press Ltd, Ireland, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Sequel to the No. 1 Bestseller Benny & OmarBenny, the sports-mad, carefree lad whose adventures in Tunisia have convinced him that he can take on the world, suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him. And he's on her territory.Benny is visiting his grandfather in the country for the summer holidays and finds his position as a 'townie' make him the object of much teasing by the natives. Babe is the village tomboy, given serious respect by the all the local tough guys. She runs a thriving business, rescuing the lost lures and flies of visiting fishermen and selling them at a tidy profit. Babe just might consider Benny as her business partner. But things become very complicated, and dangerous, when Furty Howlin also wants a slice of the action.And that's not the only problem for Benny. A disco reveals a transformed Babe- can they still be friends now that she is a real girl?Benny and Babe was shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award 2001. Seller Inventory # AGM9780862786038
Book Description The O'Brien Press, 1999. Soft cover. Condition: New. New copy. Seller Inventory # 000282
Book Description O'Brien Pr, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0862786037
Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # M-0862786037