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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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.

 

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
5.5
Lexile Measure
750L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
272
Genre
Historical Fiction

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan Award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan writes books for adults, picture books for children, and novels for older students. Her works include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride , Becoming Naomi Leon , The Dreamer , Esperanza Rising , Paint the Wind , and Riding Freedom , which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpré medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award.

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