Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer was such a fun book! And if expat life in Africa is like expat life in Asia and South America, this was one of the most accurate depictions of it that I've ever come across. The book even taught me about Irish culture; for instance, now I know the word "eejit", and I have an inkling of what "hurling" is (it's a sport, not a stomach emptying). So, go read this book. Read it to your children, too, if they're eight or older.
CT - homeschooling mother of girls.
Animal Aficionada - A girl who likes to keep track of and share the interesting things she learns about animals.
Space Girl - Copied sister above and now has a little blog about space facts.