Search Results: "Pam Muñoz Ryan"


BOOK REVIEW

PAINT THE WIND by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Readers will learn much about horses, and even those who know nothing about them will cheer as Maya learns to walk, jog, lope and gallop. (glossary, websites, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Wide open space changes people, as 11-year-old Maya discovers in this novel of a young girl's growth from sheltered grandchild to independent young woman. Read full book review >

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BUDDY TROUBLE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Would that every sibling squabble ended this well. (Early reader. 5-8)"
It's the day of Books and Buddies (the best school event of the year), but can Tony and Big Sister manage to get through the day on their Best Behavior? Read full book review >

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TONY BALONEY by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"This is likely to soothe the fears of those similarly nervous about their ability to follow the school rules. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Tony Baloney doesn't have to worry about sibling problems today—it's the first day of school. But will he be better able to behave there? Read full book review >

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ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A multilayered novel set in turbulent times explores music's healing power. Read full book review >

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HELLO OCEAN by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Beautifully written and illustrated, this striking picture book is the next best thing to being there. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An eloquent tribute to the wonders of the sea, also functioning on a more pragmatic level as an introduction to the five senses. Read full book review >

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RIDING FREEDOM by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Without exaggerating, Selznick's black-and-white drawings convey a character who could easily pass as a woman or a man, further enhancing this credible and entertaining depiction of an interesting and little-known person. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fictionalized account of the true story of Charlotte Parkhurst, opening with the death of her parents when she was two years old, and covering, subsequently, her life in an orphanage, her decision to run away dressed as a boy, and her career as a stagecoach driver. Read full book review >

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YO HO HO, HALLOWEEN! by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"It is oh-so-easy for readers to get caught up in both Tony's infectious excitement and his terrible woes; this should be necessary reading before making costume decisions. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ryan and Fotheringham once again nail the early-elementary mindset, this time looking at Halloween costumes through Tony Baloney's eyes. Read full book review >

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ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It bears telling to a wider audience. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-15)"
The author of Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride (1999) and Riding Freedom (1997) again approaches historical fiction, this time using her own grandmother as source material. Read full book review >

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BECOMING NAOMI LEÓN by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Ryan's sure-handed storytelling and affection for her characters convey a clear sense of Naomi's triumph, as she becomes 'who I was meant to be.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
First-person narrator Naomi León Outlaw and her bright, physically lopsided little brother Owen feel safe in the routines of life in Lemon Grove, California, with great-grandmother Gram. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A final historical photograph shows the two on the plane that night. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ryan and Selznick skillfully blend fact and fiction for a rip-roaring tale of an utterly credible adventure. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS NO SNOW ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The illustrations for this well-designed volume are all in double-page spread format in a large size, making this an excellent choice for reading aloud to a group. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Many young children have a difficult time understanding the historical orientation of long ago and far away. Read full book review >