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Becoming Naomi Leon

  Ryan, Pam Muñoz


Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages: 246
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Genres:

Realistic fiction

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee
Pura Belpré Honor

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Why I liked this title:

Naomi enjoys her peaceful albeit predictable life with her Gram and her little brother, Owen. Gram has taken care of them since their parents left seven years before. Naomi's peaceful existence is rocked to the core when her long-lost mother returns. Initially when her mom returns Naomi enjoys the attention and the trendy clothes her mother gives her. Soon afterwards her mother's behavior becomes erratic and her mother wants to take Naomi away from her Gram and her brother. Naomi, Gram, and Owen take off on a trip to Mexico in the hopes of finding Naomi's father, who is the only person who can stop Naomi's mom from gaining custody. I really enjoyed this book. Naomi is a very likeable character. I felt sorry for her when her mom threatened to take her away from Gram. The trip to Mexico is very interesting as Naomi learns about her Mexican heritage.

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UPDATE: Becoming Naomi Leon was awarded the 2005 Schneider Family Book Award on January 17, 2005!

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 12/28/2004

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