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Author/Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Turtle Of Oman. Ends Apr 8th


The Turlte of Oman

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

In this brief novel, told in short chapters by the acclaimed poet and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye, Aref Al-Amri says good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Naomi Shihab Nye’s first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.

Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi. 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 Siddi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi’s roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref’s suitcase—mementos of home.


  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 16.99 USD
  • Ages: 8 to 12


My Review: A story about a boy leaving his home in Oman, friends, and his grandfather to move to America. He doesn’t think the kids in Michigan would like him and why should he move when he has everything he needs in Oman.  A story most kids can relate too.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


Naomi Nye

About this author:Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.


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There will be 1 winner  

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Giveaway Ends April 8th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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Winner is #3 – Carol L


March 24, 2015 - Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. My daughter will be 10 on April 7th and this sounds like a book she would enjoy reading. Although we’ve not moved, I’m sure she can relate to fitting in at school it’s something all kids seem to struggle with at some point in their lives.

    Comment by Keri Justice | March 24, 2015 | Reply

  2. This was an awesome read! I read this aloud to my son who is Egyptian and Native American. I honestly believe this is an excellent book for families wanting to understand more about the middle eastern cultures as well as a great book for third cultured kids.By the way we rented this from the library so to have it with us as our own would be marvelous! I would definitely give it to my son as a gift.😀

    Comment by punkin0001 | March 25, 2015 | Reply

  3. Thank you for the giveaway chance.. My granddaughter who is teen would really enjoy this.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | March 25, 2015 | Reply

  4. What a neat book! Living in Michigan, I can see my kids being drawn to reading this🙂

    Comment by Kristie | March 25, 2015 | Reply

  5. My grandchildren go to a multi-cultural school and would enjoy reading that a child from a land so far away can have the same emotions as they do.

    Comment by tmy56 | March 29, 2015 | Reply

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