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Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Jan 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: children-young-adult, minority-author-or-topic, latino-a
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This book addresses a surprising range of issues such as cultural and personal identity, what it means to be a family (even if the family is "non-traditional"), life in a trailer park, and much more. Despite the obvious downsides of the main character Naomi's life, such as living in Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho, having a disabled brother, and growing up for seven years minus either of her biological parents, there is a pervasive sense of hope throughout the novel, shown in Naomi and her Gram's fervent belief that positive thinking can be self-prophetic, as well as Naomi's brother Owen's unabashed optimism despite his physical disabilities and the taunts made about him. The main characters in Becoming Naomi Leon are all too familiar with the "bad" in the world, but still realize that “the good and the bad are all rolled up into a meatball,” and, as Naomi does in the novel, weather the bad experiences, savor the good, and grow from all of them.

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message 1: by Kamillah (new) - added it

Kamillah I really loved reading "Esperanza Rising" (found it @ the Salvation Army, yay) and now I kinda feel like binging on Pam Munoz Ryan's books!

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