Omar wants a snake more than anything, but his mom is unenthusiastic to say the least. However, the family strikes a compromise: Omar can get a corn snake, but the pet, which he names Arrow, must stay inside his room, where his mom will not have to set eyes it. So when Arrow escapes, Omar has got to keep it a secret. But with an inquisitive little sister, and parents mindful of odd behavior, Omar is having a time of it. When Arrow makes a surprise appearance, it couldn't be a worse moment—yet the incident that becomes a catalyst for Omar to gain a new understanding of his mother and her childhood in war-torn Lebanon.
Eric A. Kimmel is a popular author of children's books who is admired especially for his lyrical renditions of stories from around the world and for his humor. A former teacher, he is Professor Emeritus of Education at Portland State University. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon, with a cat named Doug and a snake named Pirate.