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Enjoyed reading it because it is fun and easy to read. It is an excellent book for a teenager to read.
Apr 22, 2007
Calling all girls!
What an amazing book! As a student, I couldn't tear myself away. Naomi is constantly being teased about her middle name, Outlaw. She tries her best to ignore it while making lists and wondering about her absent parents. Her younger brother, Owen is an intelligent, physically disabled second grader who wants a bike more than anything. But the real adventure starts when Naomi's mom shows up at Gram's where Naomi and her brother reside. From then on the story takes you across the border where Naomi gains her own "voice" and identity. A must read, especially if you have ever wondered anything about yourself.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-09-13 Fifth-grader Naomi's great-grandmother has been a loving guardian for Naomi and Owen, her handicapped brother, since their mother divorced their father and abandoned them in Lemon Tree, Calif., seven years before. When the children's mother, Skyla, makes a sudden reappearance, she wants Naomi to leave Gram and Owen to move to Las Vegas-and Gram fears that Skyla and her new boyfriend have ulterior motives. "What locked the possibility of catastrophe in my mind, was that Gram and Fabiola were going to miss Wheel of Fortune, and that was going to mess up their 744 nights-in-a-row record," Naomi thinks. Feisty Gram takes action: she and Fabiola and her husband, who hail from Oaxaca City, Mexico, and who knew the children's father, take the children and embark on an odyssey of sorts, in search of their father at Oaxaca's annual radish-carving festival. Once again, Ryan (Esperanza Rising) crystallizes the essence of settings and characters through potent, economic prose. Through Naomi's first-person narration, the author gently captures the girl's simultaneous attraction to and wariness of her mother with Naomi's first impression: "I couldn't take my eyes off her lipstick. It was the exact same color as her hair and went up and down in a perfect rounded M on her top lip." And the heroine's skill with carving connects her to her father long before they finally meet. Sharing her protagonist's love of language, artistic sensibility and keen sensitivity, Ryan creates a tender tale about family love and loyalty. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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