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Becoming Naomi Leon

Becoming Naomi Leon

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
ISBN: 0-439-26969-5
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw and her little brother Owen live with Gram, their great-grandmother, in the Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in Lemon Tree, California. Naomi is in the fifth grade, and Owen, despite his physical handicaps, is the smartest person in his second grade class. For seven years, the children have been happy and secure with Gram and her best friends, Fabiola and Bernardo. Happy that is, until their mother, Skyla, puts in an unexpected appearance. Skyla and her tough new boyfriend want to move to Las Vegas taking Naomi with them as a built-in baby-sitter for his young daughter. Despite the daunting nature of the accumulating problems this small family faces, Gram deals with the threats in a truly creative manner.
Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.


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