Becoming Naomi León

Becoming Naomi León

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From the Pura Belpre and Jane Addams Peace Award winning author of Esperanza Rising comes a riveting novel about family and identity, drawn from the warmth, wisdom, and love of Pam Munoz Ryan's own Mexican and Oklahoman heritages. Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life: her name for one thing. Then there are her clothes (sewn of polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status among her classmates as "nobody special." But according to Gram's self-prophecies, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. Luckily, Naomi also has her soap carving, a talent at which she excels. And life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in Lemon Tree, California, with Gram and her little brother, Owen, is happy and peaceful. That is, until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover who she really is. Library of Congress Summary. 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.
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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439269698
0439269695
Branch Call Number: J FICTION RYAN
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 22 cm

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JanaD4
Dec 23, 2016

This book really touches your heart from the start. Naomi is a child who doesn't have many friends and an "imperfect" brother. Read this book so you can follow Naomi and Owen's adventure.

mvkramer Aug 20, 2016

What can I say? This is a good book, but like much fiction for children, the safety net is always firmly in place. The lines of "good" and "bad" characters are pretty starkly drawn - not much nuance here. But there is a lot of heart in this book, a lot of emotional truth to Naomi's struggle to come into her own in the face of her mother's unexpected reappearance. Great choice for younger middle-grade readers.

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Cheryl65
Oct 24, 2015

It's good that this book is written in the first person -- by shy, perceptive 5th grader Neomi León. It's so sad that Neomi's dreams of her mother coming through for her cannot come true. It's great that her loving Gram sees her through the crisis, and that Naomi pulls through, strengthened and happy.

There are many kids in circumstances similar to Neomi's-- with the deep pain of missing their mothers --who would benefit from reading this book.

But I would NOT read this book to my young granddaughter, who has no such issues to deal with. It would only make her sad.

I prefer books that help her learn to respect and empathize with kids in situations and cultures different from hers (eg Return to Sender, or Each Kindness), help her not discount people with disabilities (Paperboy), let her read about a kid learning to make good moral decisions (Shiloh quartet) ...

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Burlingame_reader
Nov 17, 2014

This book made my 10 year old very sad, dont think it is appropriate for that young an age.

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plutobee
Aug 21, 2011

Best book I have ever read!!!!!!

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litlori1
May 11, 2016

litlori1 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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mvkramer Aug 20, 2016

Violence: Naomi's mother slaps and threatens her. May be a triggering scene for young or sensitive readers.

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