Benny 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 they are on her territory.
Sequel to the No. 1 Bestseller Benny & Omar
Benny, 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.
'The best thing about Benny is his thinking patterns -- if you don't recognise yourself and a dozen friends somewhere in here, you're probably an alien'
'The story tells of a coming of age for Benny who overcomes his antagonism to females in general.'
'... there is a sequence ... of about twenty pages which is set at a disco at which Benny and Babe really discover themselves, and I have to say that, seriously, it is one of the most sustained pieces of comic writing that I have come across in an adult or children's book. It's brilliant.'
'Humour, sensitivity and candour underscore this coming-of-age story that features incredibly well-drawn characters ... This book has it all - an absorbing story, vibrant characters with whom readers will surely identify, and an on-target narrative voice.'
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