Becoming Naomi Leon
By Pam Muñoz Ryan
A girl named Naomi Leon Soledad Outlaw has many troubles in her life. Kids at school tease her for her long name and pick on her little brother, Owen, who is developmentally disabled. Naomi and Owen live with their great grandmother in a trailer and one day they are paid a visit by their mother who left them when Naomi was a little girl. Naomi wants to know why their mother left them and why she is suddenly in their lives after such long time. This leads her on a quest through Mexico in search of her father.
One thing I really like about this book is how Naomi, Owen and their “Gram” stick together as a family. I recommend this book to anyone who has had unexpected things “pop-up” in their life or who has been raised by a single parent or other relative.
By Lisa Suriel, a 5th grader at P.S. 34 in Manhattan, New York City
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