Pam Munoz Ryan

novelist



About

Pam Muñoz Ryan (Born: December 25, 1951) was born in California. She is half Mexican with Basque, Italian, and Oklahoman cultural influences. She draws on her rich heritage to speak, amongst many other things, of daring young women and of the Latino experience in the United States. She went to live in Cali with the Freddi. \"It took me a number of years to make that leap of faith,\" she states when commenting on becoming a full-time writer. That came in 1994 after she published her first picture book. She is the author of the bestselling books Esperanza Rising and Becoming Naomi León. Her other novels include Riding Freedom about Charley Parkhurst, which has won numerous awards, and Paint the Wind. Muñoz Ryan has also written several children\'s books. She has also recently written Echo. <br><br> The inspiration for Esperanza Rising came from her grandmother. As an immigrant from Mexico, she faced family complications, the death of her father, and racism due to her Hispanic heritage. She also won many awards including the National Education Associations Author recipient of the civil and human rights award. She is also a twice recipient of the Willa Cather literacy award for writing. Becoming Naomi León came from a 1997 visit to the Mexican city of Oaxaca to an annual Christmastime event called the \"Night of the Radishes\". Her and her Husband wrote seven books together. <br><br> Some of her work for children has been translated for the Spanish-language market. Muñoz Ryan enjoys little-known facts about celebrities. She believes that her strong female protagonists have stories that deserve to be told. Two of her muses are Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. In Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, illustrated by Brian Selznick, she tells one such story, based on a true event.<Br> Source: <A Href=\"Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page\" Target=\"_blank\" Rel=\"Me Nofollow\"> Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page</A>