Echo – About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is an American author with Mexican roots. She was born on December 25, 1951 in Bakersfield, California.
Before receiving a bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University, Pamela Bell attended McKinley Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Washington Jr. High, Bakersfield High School, and Bakersfield Community College. She discovered her passion for books and literature because of a relocation and a change of school: She was the new child in class and found comfort in reading books. She described herself as “what most people would consider, an obsessive reader” (Munoz Ryan 2016) during this period of her life.
Her desire was to teach Children’s Literature in High School. One of her professors encouraged her to write professionally and later her agent Kendra Marcus suggested to try writing novels. After several rejections, her first children’s book One Hundred Is A Family was published in 1994. It was also Kendra Marcus, who suggested to include the family name Muñoz, to call attention to the author’s Mexican background.
Being the author of over forty books, Echo included, Pam Muñoz Ryan has been awarded with many different prices, such as: The Newbery Honor Book Award and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature for the novel Echo. It is to be said that many of her books deal with cultural issues as they reflect her half-Mexican family background (cf. Munoz Ryan 2016). To find out more about Pam Muñoz Ryan, check out this link.