Becoming Naomi León / Pam Muñoz Ryan.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2004Edition: 1st edISBN: 0439269695 (hardcover); 9780439269698 (hardcover); 0439269970; 9780439269971Subject(s): Great-grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Mexican Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Mexico -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.R9553 | Be 2004
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A rabble of yesterdays -- A paddling of ducks -- A skulk of foxes -- A lamentation of swans -- A memory of elephants -- A charm of hummingbirds -- A school of fish -- An unkindness of ravens -- A burden of mules -- A shiver of sharks -- A schizophrenia of hawks -- A flight of swallows -- A passel of todays -- A drey of squirrels -- A sleuth of bears -- A leap of leopards -- A piteousness of doves -- A team of horses -- An exaltation of starlings -- A pride of lions -- A cry of hounds -- A crash of hippopotami -- A brood of chicks -- A murmuration of tomorrows.
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.
Schneider Family Book Award, Middle School, 2005.
Pura Belpré Author Honor, 2006.
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School Library Journal ReviewGr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsAuthor Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books.
She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. In 2015 her title Echo made The New York Times Best Seller List. She also won a Kirkus Prize in the children's literature category with her title 'Echo'.
(Bowker Author Biography)