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Becoming Naomi Leon Kindle Edition
Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special."
But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. And with Gram and her little brother, Owen, Naomi's life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in California is happy and peaceful...until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.
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- ASIN : B009EGAD5I
- Publisher : Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2012)
- Publication date : October 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1896 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #421,471 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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have been raised in Lemon Grove Trailer Park with their great grandmother, a feisty, loving, and wise old woman. Naomi and her brother a different - they don't have
the right clothes and can't seem to make many friends but they live a peaceful and structured life with their grandma and older residents in the trailer park. One day
Naomi's recovering alcoholic mother shows up unannounced and decides she wants to take part in her children's lives.
The kids are thrilled to see their mother but their great grandma is suspicious of her motives from the start.
From that moment on Naomi, her brother, and grandma are taken on a journey with many highs and lows. Her structured and routine world is shaken up
and Naomi begins to discover the reasons for her mothers and fathers abandonment. While reading this story I was rooting for the kids and
hoping that their mother would not cause them any pain or angst. I was disappointed to find that Naomi's mother did not have good intentions for
her children. The story takes an uplifting turn when Grandma is forced to hitch up the trailer and flee to Mexico to locate Naomi's long-lost father. It
is imparative that they find him and the clock is ticking because Naomi's mother wishes to take her and move her away from her
brother, grandma, and home.
This journey was hard and confusing for little Naomi but she was able to discover her past, who she is, and where she belongs.
Pam Munoz Ryan did a beautiful job writing this story. The theme of the story is that your family is whomever happens to love you and
take care of you. Whoever would go to the ends of the earth to keep you safe and protected. It would serve to speak to
many children who have different types of family structures, those that don't have the traditional
mother and father home.
While the book deals with some serious topics, it can be read by 10 and up with some guidance.
The two children, Naomi and her brother Owen have been raised by their great-grandmother, Gram, for the past seven years when their mother surprisingly walks back into their lives and wants to take Naomi with her. Before this can happen, Gram tries to get help from Naomi and Owen's father who is from Mexico. They must find him so that the family does not get separated and along the way they learn more about where they came from.
I will most definitely have my own son read this marvelous chapter book.