The Turtle of Michigan
The stand-alone companion to National Book Award Finalist and beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s The Turtle of Oman, The Turtle of Michigan is a deft and accessible novel that follows a young boy named Aref as he travels from Muscat, Oman, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and adjusts to a new life and a new school in the United States. A wonderful pick for young middle grade readers, and fans of The Year of Billy Miller and Merci Suárez Changes Gears.
Aref Al-Amri is excited for his journey to reunite with his father in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Aref makes a friend on an airplane, wonders what Michigan will be like, and starts school in the United States. While he does miss his grandfather, his Sidi, Aref knows that his home and friends in Oman will always be waiting for him.
Award-winning author Naomi Shihab Nye’s highly anticipated companion to The Turtle of Oman explores immigration, family, and what it means to feel at home. Carrying a suitcase and memories of Oman, Aref experiences the excitement, wonder, trepidation, and curiosity that comes with moving to a new place. The Turtle of Michigan is a great choice for classroom and family read alouds and ideal for younger middle grade readers.
|Middle Grade Novels
|Naomi Shihab Nye
|Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12