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Becoming Naomi Leon (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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Grade 5-8–Gram, Naomi, and Owen are happy at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho until the day the children's mother arrives. After being gone so long that they don't recognize her, Skyla enters their lives, lavishing attention and presents on fifth-grade Naomi; however, she never seems to include Owen. After several weeks, the truth about her reappearance becomes apparent. Clive, her new boyfriend, wants Naomi to live with them and become the permanent baby-sitter for his daughter. The ensuing custody battle forces Gram, Naomi, Owen and a neighbor couple to make a hasty trip to Mexico to look for Santiago, the children's biological father and a well-known wood-carver. After a physically and emotionally exhausting search, they finally find him at the annual Christmas festival in their ancestral village. Even though the children will continue to live with their great-grandmother, this reunion gives them the reassurance of their father's love and support. Ryan has written a moving book about family dynamics. While she explores the youngsters' Mexican heritage and gives a vivid picture of life in and the art of Oaxaca, her story is universal, showing the strong bonds and love that make up an extended family. All of the characters are well drawn, and readers will share Naomi's fear until the judge makes the final decision about her future.–Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
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Gr. 4-7. Half-Mexican Naomi Soledad, 11, and her younger disabled brother, Owen, have been brought up by their tough, loving great-grandmother in a California trailer park, and they feel at home in the multiracial community. Then their alcoholic mom reappears after seven years with her slimy boyfriend, hoping to take Naomi (not Owen) back and collect the welfare check. Determined not to let that happen, Gram drives the trailer across the border to a barrio in Oaxaca to search for the children's dad at the city's annual Christmas arts festival. In true mythic tradition, Ryan, the author of the award-winning Esperanza Rising (2000), makes Naomi's search for her dad a search for identity, and both are exciting. Mom is demonized, but the other characters are more complex, and the quest is heartbreaking. The dense factual detail about the festival sometimes slows the story, but it's an effective tool for dramatizing Naomi's discovery of her Mexican roots and the artist inside herself. Hazel Rochman
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This book is a contemporary realistic fiction story of a young girl who realized she must find her voice to find herself. Readers will relate to Naomi Leon as her emotions and thoughts are presented through a third person point of view. The main characters, Naomi, her brother Owen, and her Grandma, are believable and well rounded. The author stated in an interview, that she used her own personal experience of Oaxaca, Mexico and southern California to bring to life the settings of this story. This is a book I would recommend for any classroom library.
The two children, Naomi and her brother Owen have been raised by their great-grandmother, Gram, for the past seven years when their mother surprisingly walks back into their lives and wants to take Naomi with her. Before this can happen, Gram tries to get help from Naomi and Owen's father who is from Mexico. They must find him so that the family does not get separated and along the way they learn more about where they came from.
I will most definitely have my own son read this marvelous chapter book.
This describes the struggle every young adult goes through at some point or another. Even though they might have a completly different battle, the question still lies inside. Who am I? What is my purpose? What am I made to do? These questions lie within every person. Some people still deal with these questions way into their adult years. That is why this book is such a strong insprational book for all ages because it allows us to think about these very issues that burn within us. If we never discover who we really are we are no help to anyone.
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