Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

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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.

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Author Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books. She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. She currently lives in Leucadia, California.
Published October 1, 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 276 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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First-person narrator Naomi León Outlaw and her bright, physically lopsided little brother Owen feel safe in the routines of life in Lemon Grove, California, with great-grandmother Gram.

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Living in Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho, fifth grader Naomi Outlaw suddenly finds herself on a journey to keep her family together and in the process must learn to become who she was meant to be, ‘a mouse with a lioness’s voice.’ Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw, whose name is continuously ridiculed by ...

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this book is about a custody battle: Naomi's mother is a mean, abusive alcoholic who abandons her children for years.

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Along with this, Naomi is a keeper of very creative lists --- some are word lists and some are for other subjects she cares about: "I had all kinds of lists in my notebook, the shortest being 'Things I Am Good At' which consisted of 1) Soap carving, 2) Worrying, and 3) Making lists."

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Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan, was published in 2004 by Scholastic.

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