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Becoming Naomi León (Scholastic Gold) by…

Becoming Naomi León (Scholastic Gold) (edition 2005)

by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author)

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When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.
Title:Becoming Naomi León (Scholastic Gold)
Authors:Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2005), 272 pages
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Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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    Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry (atreic)
    atreic: Both these books are engaging, page turning stories with a pre-teen heroine discovering herself and how to deal with the challenges life throws at them. Both have a warm sense of humour and a light touch. And both the heroines love making lists! Becoming Naomi Leon deals with slightly darker themes than Anastasia, but I think if Naomi met Anastasia they would be firm friends.… (more)

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This is a chapter book about a young girl name Naomi and her incredible story of finding herself and standing up for her brother Owen, who was born with a physical disability. The two siblings live with their grandmother in California because their parents divorced when they were little, and the mother could not take care of them. One day out of the blue their mother shows up unexpectedly and it puts Naomi and Owen through a whirlwind. This is a great book for intermediate to advanced readers. ( )
  Shelby.Franks. | Apr 23, 2022 |
Good story, of a strong child in a difficult situation, surrounded by people who love her. Naomi's growth in confidence and abilities is inspiring, and empowering. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
It was in a little town called Madera, about 30 minutes north of Fresno, California, that I first learned to love Oaxaca. The flowered clothing, the food, the bright colors, the dancing eyes and big smiles are hard to capture on paper. In some ways, Madera seemed like an extension of Oaxaca because, for the most part, the people living there are all from a tiny town called Santa Maria Tindu. A smaller subset of the people there speak Mizteca, a dialect, they say, that only exists in Oaxaca.

So when I heard the Pam Muñoz Ryan had a book set in that state I couldn't resist. But, as I ended the book, I realized that she also did a fine job capturing real issues in an accurate way. The anxiety, the lack of surety, the search for identity is not uncommon in similar situations. There's a poignantly real difference between this work that tells us how it is and other books that, perhaps, tell us more of what we would like to hear. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
A gem of a story. I am always impressed when authors can tackle BIG issues in a way that is palatable and understandable to kids. Naomi and her brother Owen, an FLK (funny-looking-kid) who has some physical abnormalities which don't impact his smarts or outlook, live with their great-grandmother after being dumped by their mother years earlier. Now Mom, (self-named Skyla) is back and wants custody of Naomi (but not Owen) to take her to Las Vegas with her boyfriend and his daughter for a ready-made family. Skyla has a drinking problem (which is addressed very carefully and age-appropriately)and the boyfriend is clearly a loser, so Naomi does not want to be ripped away from her comfort zone and family. To avoid this, Gram and the kids go in search of their father in Mexico and discover some of their heritage and a lot of their own inner courage (Leon means Lion) to fight for personal justice. Lovely secondary characters support Naomi and her true family and help her to find her voice and her heart. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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I always thought the biggest problem in my life was my name, Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw, but little did I know that it was the least of my troubles, or that someday I would live up to it.
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When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

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