Thursday, September 22, 2016

Esperanza Rising

Synopsis (from Amazon): A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I had to read Esperanza Rising for school, but I had purchased the book months before without knowing it would be assigned reading.  I really enjoyed Esperanza Rising and was so glad my class read it and we were able to discuss it in great detail.  Esperanza had a beautiful life in Mexico until her father died.  As she escapes to California she is faced with the reality of how hard life can be and she "rises" to every challenge.  She truly loves her family and will do anything to help them and keep them safe.  

Favorite Character(s):  Esperanza, since she is so brave and strong.

PAM Muñoz Ryan is the author of more that thirty books for young readers, including four beloved novels, Riding Freedom, Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, and Paint the Wind, which collectively have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpré Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She lives in Southern California with her family. You can visit her at

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