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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

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Series: Character Traits, Contentment
Genres: Chapter Books, Fiction
Tag: Ages 12 & Up
ASIN: 043912042X
ISBN: 9780439120425

Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp.

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About the Book

Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp.

Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.

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About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal as well as the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. She has written more than thirty books for young readers. Ryan lives near San Diego, CA with her family.

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Awards and Praise for Esperanza Rising:

Pura Belpré Award Winner
Américas Award Honor Book
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner
Willa Cather Award Winner
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

“Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style . . . Readers will be swept up.” — Publishers Weekly

“This well-written novel belongs in all collections.” — School Library Journal

“Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support.” — Booklist

“Ryan’s… style is engaging, her characters appealing, and her story is one that–though a deep-rooted part of the history of California, the Depression, and thus the nation–is little heard in children’s fiction. It bears telling to a wider audience.” — Kirkus Reviews

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