Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life;like having the "funniest last name in the universe." Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special." But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. And life with Gram and Naomi's little brother, Owen, is pretty happy and peaceful until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover who she really is.
From the winner of the Pura Belpre; Award and the Jane Addams Award comes a riveting novel about family and identity, drawn from Pam Munoz Ryan's own Mexican and Oklahoman heritage.