- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780439269971
- ISBN-13: 978-0439269971
- ASIN: 0439269970
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 182 customer reviews
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"Engrossing." -- The New York Times
"Ryan's sure-handed storytelling and affection for her characters convey a clear sense of Naomi's triumph, as she becomes "who I was meant to be." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Once again, Ryan crystallizes the essence of settings and characters through potent, economic prose… a tender tale about family love and loyalty." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Exciting…heartbreaking." -- Booklist
"[Becoming Naomi León] has its own uniquely affecting emotional core." -- The Horn Book
"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." -- School Library Journal
"Symbols abound, and readers of all ages will enjoy reading of Naomi's transformation and triumph." -- VOYA
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have been raised in Lemon Grove Trailer Park with their great grandmother, a feisty, loving, and wise old woman. Naomi and her brother a different - they don't have
the right clothes and can't seem to make many friends but they live a peaceful and structured life with their grandma and older residents in the trailer park. One day
Naomi's recovering alcoholic mother shows up unannounced and decides she wants to take part in her children's lives.
The kids are thrilled to see their mother but their great grandma is suspicious of her motives from the start.
From that moment on Naomi, her brother, and grandma are taken on a journey with many highs and lows. Her structured and routine world is shaken up
and Naomi begins to discover the reasons for her mothers and fathers abandonment. While reading this story I was rooting for the kids and
hoping that their mother would not cause them any pain or angst. I was disappointed to find that Naomi's mother did not have good intentions for
her children. The story takes an uplifting turn when Grandma is forced to hitch up the trailer and flee to Mexico to locate Naomi's long-lost father. It
is imparative that they find him and the clock is ticking because Naomi's mother wishes to take her and move her away from her
brother, grandma, and home.
This journey was hard and confusing for little Naomi but she was able to discover her past, who she is, and where she belongs.
Pam Munoz Ryan did a beautiful job writing this story. The theme of the story is that your family is whomever happens to love you and
take care of you. Whoever would go to the ends of the earth to keep you safe and protected. It would serve to speak to
many children who have different types of family structures, those that don't have the traditional
mother and father home.
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.