Category Archives: Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 262Unknown

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2000

Genre: Realistic

Esperanza’s life changes forever when she has to leave her once privileged life on, El Rancho de la Rosas, when her father gets murdered by two outlaws. Esperanza encounters many difficult obstacles when tragedy not only hits once but a few more times while she and her mother try to make a new life for themselves. Esperanza must learn to adapt and survive to the hardships of the Campesinos while enjoying life and embracing family.

I would recommend this book because there are many Mexican proverbs and spanish vocabulary that would be very appealing to a Latino reader. This story explains the hardships of migrant farm workers and the Campesino, the embracing of family, and cultural norms, that anybody could relate to.

It is beautifully written and encapsulates the moments to which Esperanza goes through. This book is a true coming of tale story that everybody goes through at one point in time or another and is very emotionally driven.

Ms. Brittany

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Becoming Naomi Leon

Becoming Naomi Leon 

Pam Munoz Ryan            9780439269971                                                           

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 272
Age Range: 8 and up
Year: 2005
Genre: Realistic

Naomi, Owen, and Gram are happy living in their small trailer home at Avocado Acres until an unsuspected visitor shows up for the first time in seven years.  Not only is Naomi dealing with the onset of her unruly hair and odd last name, she now fears the pursuing custody battle which could take her away from her loving great grandmother and disabled, but smart, little brother.  Naomi and her small family must race against the time to find her other parent and win over the approval of the judges to stay with the family she knows and loves.

This book is great at recognizing family problems, especially dealing with parents who may live away from the home, adolescent problems, and most importantly dealing with confidence issues

Ms. Brittany

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