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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 also the author of the historical fiction picture book, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and the biography When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick. In 2018, Pam was the US candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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