Planet Omar: Unexpected Super Spy

Publisher: Hodder

Omar is a 9 year old boy who lives with his annoying older sister Maryam and little brother Esa, dreaming about how he can get enough money to buy a NERF Laser Blaster - or, even better - a Ferrari. But when his mosque is in danger of being closed down, Omar switches his mission to raising the £30,000 that’s needed for the emergency building repairs. Yet when Omar organises a school talent show to raise the money, the funds go missing. Juggling many potential suspects, Omar and his friends need to become super spies to find the culprit and get the money back.

This is a really hilariously funny, warm hearted, easy-to-read tale, with a gentle moral of how if people work together they can achieve wonderful things. Zanib Mian’s wit and great ability to create believable characters makes this a must read. The illustrations by Nasaya Mafaridik create the perfect mood and this new series will very much suit fans of Tom Gates. This is book two in the Planet Omar series, and readers will also enjoy Zanib Mian’s Accidental Trouble Magnet (previously published as The Muslims) but it’s not necessary to read this first.  

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