Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan


Scholastic Press
May 2002


Fiction
Ages 11 – 13 . Grades 6 – 8

Library of Congress: 00024186


Lexile measure: 750L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: V

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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.
;Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & 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.
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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.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • *"Easy to booktalk, useful in classroom discussion, adn accessible as pleasure reading, this well-written novel belongs in all collections." -School Library Journal, starred review.

    *"Told in a lyrical, fairy-tale-like style...Readers will be swept up." --Publishers Weekly, starred review.

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