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    Paint the Wind

    Paint the Wind

    by Pam Mu€oz Ryan

    Maya is a captive. In Grandmother's house in California every word and action is strictly monitored. Even memories of her mother have been erased—except within the imaginary world she has created. A world away, in the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a horse called Artemisia runs free. She embodies the spirit of the wild—and she holds the key to Maya's memories. How Maya's and Artemisia's lives intertwine, like a braided rein, is at the heart of this richly drawn adventure about freedom and captivity, about holding on and letting go.

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Esperanza Rising

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
750L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.5

Guided Reading Level:
V

Age:
8-12

Genre:
Historical Fiction

Subject:
Great Depression, Farm and Ranch Life, Mexican and Mexican American

About This Book

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico — she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances — Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

 

Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one. "When I was a child, I always assumed my grandmother grew up in poverty because the stories she told were primarily about raising her children in farm labor camps in California in the 1930s. It wasn't until I was a young woman that she told me about her childhood in Mexico. I was so moved by her riches-to-rags fairytale that I felt compelled to share her story." -- Pam Munoz Ryan.

 


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