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3.00058060770273 out of 53.00058060770273 out of 53.00058060770273 out of 53.00058060770273 out of 53.00058060770273 out of 5 3.00 (5,167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan Narrator: Annie Kozuch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781400090891
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"I always thought that the biggest trial in my life was my name, Naomi Guadalupe Zamora Outlaw, but little did I know that it was the least of my problems, or that someday I would live up to it."

One evening, everything Naomi has known with Gram and her little brother begins to unravel. Naomi's mother wants to kidnap her. Gram is willing to go to the end of the earth to save Naomi, but will that be enough? A quiet life in Lemon Tree, California, becomes a runaway journey to find an estranged father in exotic Oaxaca, Mexico.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/11/2014

    " Just as good as Esperanza Rising.Soap carvings are awesome...so is Owen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/7/2014

    " I've read this book several times, but I'm reading it again, along with three other teachers, in a readers theater style for our book club at school. The kids are enjoying it. There are interesting characters, humorous moments, but overall it deals with very serious themes of love, loss, and resiliency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 -kevin- | 1/17/2014

    " Despite this being written for fourth graders, I still wept a number of times. It is a very sweet story filled with the harsh realities which abound in our society of divorce. The writer did a great job of giving complexity and sticking to the story. I particularly enjoyed the whole Mexico trip where we all get a little taste of Oaxaca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S10_Matthew | 1/9/2014

    " Good for kids from 3rd grade to middle school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia Carter | 1/5/2014

    " This book is AMAZING!!!! I have to do a book report on this book, too. I would definately recomend it to everyone!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/30/2013

    " I LOVE Pam Munoz Ryan. I think I am officially to the point of calling her my favorite kid's author. Every book I've read by her have been beautiful, unique stories that are absolutely heartbreaking. And every time I read a new one I think this is my new favorite book by her! I couldn't put this book down and love Naomi Leon just as much, if not more, as I have loved all the other characters Pam Munoz Ryan has introduced me to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella Sanders | 12/26/2013

    " This book was so good!! I read it twwice which is a really rare thing for me to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/20/2013

    " This book was so cute! I loved the story of the sweet young girl as she triumphed through a tough situation. She became so strong at the end of the book. The characters were so interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Stevens | 11/24/2013

    " Wonderful book. I think that it was even better than her first book. I love this book because it will speak to the lives of the Latino children that I teach. "

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    " it was a cool book even though it could be sad and even exiting. But I really recomend it to every one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/5/2013

    " This is another great book by Pam Munoz Ryan, along the same theme as Riding Freedom and Esperanza Rising in that each story deals with positive conflict resolution and is geared for all ages from probably 12 through adults. Great author. "

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    " ? i forget... good book though "

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    " My teacher read it to me when I was little.What a good book "

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    " This was my first book of Pam's that I read. Fantastic! "

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    " i read it in spanish. "

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    " very good but very sad "

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    " Listened to audio-it was very engaging-different characters had distinct voices "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarica | 10/25/2012

    " It makes me so mad, how "Skyla" can be so, so awful!Grrrr. Good guy wins though. Yeah! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teju | 9/19/2012

    " I liked this more than I thought that I would at the beginning. It is a great book to do in a Lit. Circle. Good vocab for groups of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 8/13/2012

    " I have read Pam Munoz Ryan's books to Bella. This one is my favorite. Great story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zoe | 4/18/2012

    " This is a book for our book clubs in class. I hate it! I really didn't find Naomi or any character in the book likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 2/6/2012

    " i really liked how brave the main character was in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanti | 12/21/2011

    " I loved this book very much! It was fun and endearing and heartbreaking all in one. Eager to read the rest of Ryan's work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 11/15/2011

    " Really good read. Naomi goes through some great changes. It's a great story about real family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri May | 9/24/2011

    " Becoming Naomi Leon is a great book for pre-adolescent girls to read. Naomi learns to handle everyday troubles taht many girls live through. They will connect with Naomi, especially if they are in a one-parent family, or being raised by a grandparent. Though predictable, I love the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 5/15/2011

    " This book is AMAZING!!!! I have to do a book report on this book, too. I would definately recomend it to everyone!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rabia | 5/3/2011

    " It was a good bok my teacher read to us when we were little so i dont remember much. Wat i do remember is that i liked it and it was good
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 4/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me of past students who have had difficult home lives, but left me with hope that they can rise above their circumstances. I would recommend this to others! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booklover123 | 4/24/2011

    " I want to read it again. I didn't want to stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 4/15/2011

    " Read it in library school; totally loved it. I think I cried at the end, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gracellyn | 3/30/2011

    " I want to thank Hannah for reading this. :) I read this book years ago, and forgot the title of it, and I saw Hannah marked it as currently reading, and I said. "Woah!! I loved that book! So thanks Hannah for reminding me of a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/5/2011

    " Tho' parts of it seemed kind of cliched in the beginning, by the time the Baby Beluga uproots, this book will have taken a turn for the better. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina B | 2/19/2011

    " It was a REALLY good book! "

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About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She lives near San Diego.