Thursday, March 29, 2007

Becoming Naomi Leon (book review)

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan. This is a story about the true meaning of family and friendship.

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw's life has its downsides. There's her status at school as "nobody special". And her name happens to be a target for teasing. But overall, life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho is peaceful, with her brother Owen and her Gram. And her soap carvings, one of her greatest talents. That is, until her mom reappears after seven years, stirring up all kinds of excitement.

But her mom isn't at all what Naomi imagines. She's not Volunteer Mom, or Business Mom, or Nursery Mom. Instead Drunken, Mean Mom. And soon she gets the idea in her head that Naomi is going to Las Vegas with her in the summer. And if Naomi isn't ready, something bad is going to happen.

So Naomi, Owen, and Gram take off on a trip beyond their wildest dreams. Naomi has no idea that she is going to live up to her family name... in a way she never could have imagined.

I give this book nine out of ten stars!

The Spring Reading Thing reading challenge...two books down, nineteen to go.


Jean said...

What a great review! It makes me want to read the book. I also like your list of Moms. Volunteer Mom ... Business Mom ... It makes me think of all the different Moms each of us want to be, try to be, and sometimes actually are, as well as the ones we hope we aren't.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sounds like a great book, loved your review!

alisonwonderland said...

have you read Esperanza Rising, also by Ryan? i haven't read Naomi Leon yet (although my daughters have), but i loved Esperanza!