Book Reviews of Becoming Naomi Leon

Becoming Naomi Leon
Becoming Naomi Leon
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
ISBN-13: 9780439803779
ISBN-10: 0439803772
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 246
Rating:
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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4.7 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Wonderful book about a girl named Naomi and her brother Owen who live with their great grandmother in an RV park. It's a good life for them, although Naomi wonders about her past, mostly her parents. When her mother shows up, Naomi has mixed feelings, and as the situation unfolds, it becomes necessary to track down their father in Mexico before all they hold dear is lost. It's a wonderful story about finding out who you are, love, and courage, and is rich with culture and imagination. I would recommend it for anyone age 10 and up.
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A Tender tale about family and loyalty
Includes After Words, and bonus interview with the author
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Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadToo.com

Eleven-year-old Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw doesn't like to talk. What is she supposed to say? Abandoned by her parents at age four and raised by her great-grandmother, Naomi is a mixture of Oklahoman and Mexican, but is not able to understand even a word of Spanish--although her new best friend, Blanca, informs her that "Leon" means "lion" and "Soledad is some big saint in Mexico" (p. 54). All these years, her heritage, although with her daily, has escaped her. Who knew? Not Naomi.

Then Naomi's mother, Skyla, returns, and life becomes chaotic. At first, Skyla claims to want a relationship with Naomi and her brother, but can her sudden burst of sentimentality be trusted? Naomi dreams that Skyla has found herself and truly wants to wear mother/daughter outfits and build a family. But if that is true, why hasn't she been showering presents upon Owen, Naomi's physically-disabled brother, as she has been doing for Naomi since she resurfaced in their lives?

Ryan, an award-winning author, gives readers permission to ask the question some may think is silly: Who am I? BECOMING NAOMI LEON demonstrates that who a person is, in fact, is more--much more--than just her name.

Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, 2006

Book Sense Book of the Year Award Honor Book, 2005

SCBA Book Award Nominee, 2005

Schneider Family Middle-School Book Award Winner, 2005

Skipping Stones Honor Awards Winner, 2005

Americas Award-Commended, 2004

Parent's Choice Award-Silver, 2004

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winner, 2004
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Great story of a girl finding herself even with several obstacles in her path. Highly recommended!
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Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard for TeensReadToo.com

Eleven-year-old Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw doesn't like to talk. What is she supposed to say? Abandoned by her parents at age four and raised by her great-grandmother, Naomi is a mixture of Oklahoman and Mexican, but is not able to understand even a word of Spanish--although her new best friend, Blanca, informs her that "Leon" means "lion" and "Soledad is some big saint in Mexico" (p. 54). All these years, her heritage, although with her daily, has escaped her. Who knew? Not Naomi.

Then Naomi's mother, Skyla, returns, and life becomes chaotic. At first, Skyla claims to want a relationship with Naomi and her brother, but can her sudden burst of sentimentality be trusted? Naomi dreams that Skyla has found herself and truly wants to wear mother/daughter outfits and build a family. But if that is true, why hasn't she been showering presents upon Owen, Naomi's physically-disabled brother, as she has been doing for Naomi since she resurfaced in their lives?

Ryan, an award-winning author, gives readers permission to ask the question some may think is silly: Who am I? BECOMING NAOMI LEON demonstrates that who a person is, in fact, is more--much more--than just her name.

Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, 2006

Book Sense Book of the Year Award Honor Book, 2005

SCBA Book Award Nominee, 2005

Schneider Family Middle-School Book Award Winner, 2005

Skipping Stones Honor Awards Winner, 2005

Americas Award-Commended, 2004

Parent's Choice Award-Silver, 2004

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winner, 2004
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I loved this book. It is kind of historical fiction. I would read this again. It is an easy read it is meant for kids or teens but it was interesting and a quick read.
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A favorite book at my elementary school. used with our fifth grade girls. They can really relate to Naomi and her life.