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The Turtle of Oman
By Naomi Shihab Nye and Betsy Peterschmidt (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Greenwillow
Publication date August 26, 2014
Pages 299
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780062019721
ISBN-10 0062019724
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.68 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
Other format details juvenile
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This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say 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 acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist 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, and 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.

Naomi Shihab Nye's warmth, attention to detail, and belief in the power of empathy and connection shines from every page. Features black-and-white spot art and decorations by Betsy Peterschmidt.



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Hardcover
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from Greenwillow (August 26, 2014)
9780062019721 | details & prices | 299 pages | 5.50 × 7.75 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.68 lbs | List price $16.99
About: This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Greenwillow (May 3, 2016)
9780062019783 | details & prices | 313 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.45 lbs | List price $6.99
This edition also contains The Turtle of Oman, The Turtle of Oman
About: Praised by the Horn Book as “both quiet and exhilarating,” this novel by the acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye follows Aref Al-Amri as he says goodbye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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