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Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Nov 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, young-adult, children, multicultural
Read in November, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Another YA project book. I really enjoyed this book, and it has been on my to-read list for a long time. Great book about family. This book is the story of Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw, who lives with her slightly disabled brother Owen and her great-grandmother after her mother left them there seven years ago. She is quiet and loves to make lists (I do too, so I think that's why I identified with her). She is also very talented at carving animals out of soap, something that we learn her dad used to do when she was little. Her mother suddenly comes back and wants to get to know her again, and at first Naomi is excited. But then she learns the real reason for her mother's (formerly Terri Lynn, now called Skyla) return: so Skyla and her boyfriend Clive can have a companion for Clive's daughter Sapphire and collect checks for keeping the two kids. Skyla doesn't want Owen because he's a "Funny Looking Kid." Naomi's grandmother has to think fast. So she decides to take the kids to Mexico to try to find their father, so he can stop Skyla. They go down to Oaxaca, Mexico, to their neighbors' relatives house. Naomi loves it down there and finds out that at the Night of the Radishes festival before Christmas, there is a huge carving contest and they carve giant radishes. She eventually finds her father and connects with him. Will they be to stay at Gram's house or will Naomi have to go with Skyla?

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