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O, Man! Sweet Desert

Author: Voeller, E. A. Set In . . .
 Middle East, Oman
Genre: Young Adult
Time Frame: present
Published: 2015
Description: Siblings Naomi (14) and Flavio (13) Small are in Oman in the Middle East with their father, Robert, who travels the world taping video segments for his television travel show, “Small World.”

The adventure of the two teenagers in Oman involves their visit to the Muscat souq and the purchase of an Omani dagger. This and a stolen passport move the Royal Oman Police to investigate for possible criminal activity.

A broad theme of the story is sibling relations, and readers learn the surprising way an uncomfortable relationship between these two teens is resolved.

Readers are introduced to some of the customs and culture of Oman, including lifestyles, frankincense, cuisine, and some of the most beautiful and unspoiled nature in the Middle East. (50,000 words)

The author is a journalist, teacher, and author of several children's books, and has worked in Muscat as an editor for the Oman Ministry of Education.

Flesch-Kincaid grade level 5.3
Interest level: ages 12 and up
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