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Pam Munoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California. Like her character in "Matchmaker," she was an obsessive reader by seventh grade. She has written over forty books, including Esperanza Rising , inspired by her Mexican grandmother's immigration story. It garnered many awards, including the Pura Belpré Medal. Later novels include Becoming Naomi León , Echo -which won a Newbery Honor and the Kirkus Prize-and Mañanaland as well as The Dreamer , another recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal. She is...See more