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ISBN13: 9780439269971
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Becoming Naomi Leon is a beautiful story about a girl who goes looking for her father and finds herself along the way. Pam Munoz Ryan blends the colors and smells of Mexico with the complexities of family in this heartwarming tale.
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Publisher Comments:

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive author treatment and new cover art by Raul Colon.

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special."

But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. And with Gram and her little brother, Owen, Naomi's life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in California is happy and peaceful...until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.

Review:

"Fifth-grader Naomi's great-grandmother has been a loving guardian for Naomi and her brother since their mother abandoned them seven years before; now she has suddenly reappeared. In a starred review, PW called this 'a tender tale about family love and loyalty.' Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Esperanza Rising comes a riveting novel about family and identity, drawn from the warmth, wisdom, and love of Ryan's own Mexican and Oklahoman heritages.

About the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

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candjanice, November 3, 2006 (view all comments by candjanice)
I love this book. It takes unexpected twist and turns.The whole book through your wondering what's gonna happen next.
Naomi is a very outgoing girl, and it's cool to see her learn how she really is.
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batlady, October 10, 2006 (view all comments by batlady)
Many children in our world today are facing similiar difficulties like Naomi and Owen's situation. Living in a non-traditional family, and having to understand that one's biological parent(s) haven't made the best choices are a strong reality for many children. Because of this, children who reads this story will find a strong character to identify with. Just as Naomi discovers her voice by the end of the story, young readers can discover their strength and voice through her. The other themes of discovering one's talents, being accepting of others, self-determination, and taking pride in one's family heritage are all needed life lessons for today's students.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439269971
Author:
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 272 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780439269971 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Becoming Naomi Leon is a beautiful story about a girl who goes looking for her father and finds herself along the way. Pam Munoz Ryan blends the colors and smells of Mexico with the complexities of family in this heartwarming tale.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fifth-grader Naomi's great-grandmother has been a loving guardian for Naomi and her brother since their mother abandoned them seven years before; now she has suddenly reappeared. In a starred review, PW called this 'a tender tale about family love and loyalty.' Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Esperanza Rising comes a riveting novel about family and identity, drawn from the warmth, wisdom, and love of Ryan's own Mexican and Oklahoman heritages.
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