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Esperanza rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
Children's Fiction RYAN

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Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
Inspired by the author's grandmother, this young reader's novel tells the story of Esperanza, child of a wealthy landowner in Mexico, who with her mother must start over in the fields of California during the depression. A wonderful book, that looks at the issue of immigration, change and starting over, poverty and hope, and connecting to your roots. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars, perfect for the young reader.
posted Sep 29, 2011 at 9:30AM
epirkl said:
Besides the amazing coverart, this book was pretty fantastic. After Esparanza's father dies, her creepy uncles take over her farm in Mexico and try to marry her mother. They escape to America, but since they are immigrants, she is no longer the rich princess she used to be.
posted Jun 15, 2010 at 4:43PM
Avatar for Minnetonka Library Staff Minnetonka Library Staff said:
A great story for kids and adults.
posted Apr 11, 2009 at 4:44PM
books_23 said:
im reading this book for a class ...its really good im looking towards the ending heard its really good!!!!!!!!i love it ,so far ...
posted Nov 25, 2007 at 7:25PM
Jesscillia said:
This book is full of excitement, adventure, and so much more. It is about a girl named Esperanza whos birthday is a couple days away. She knows her dad is going to get her the most extravagant gift like he does every year. The clock ticks but no who comes threw the door, her servants go out to look and they find him...dead. Esperanza can’t believe it! Esperanza’s uncle wants her mom to marry him or something very bad will happen to them. Her mother says no. That night the house burns down and Esperanzas life crashs. She is forced to move to California to work on a farm. At first things are very hard but she gets used to thing. If you want to know more you have to read the book.
posted Oct 25, 2007 at 7:31PM
Paige said:
I loved this book because it had adventure,excitement and more!!
posted May 9, 2006 at 11:08AM
Mindy said:
this book is so good. It's about a girl who goes to california to work.Who used to live in Mexico. It's her first time there since her father died. THen she thinks her mother will die. But she lasts through everything. I think she very strong in heart with hope.Because she lived through it and her name means hope!
posted Dec 5, 2005 at 7:36PM
Keeley said:
This is a wonserful story of a young girl whoes father i a grape rancher. They arevery rich.One day she has to go to live in Calafornia and work for everything. This was a very hard change for her. Read this book and you can find out why this young girl had to go to Calafornia.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Matthew said:
This book was great! It was a combination of adventure and sadness. When Esperanza's father dies El Rancho De Las Rosas is left to her father's brother. Her father's brother not a good man. He wants to marry Esperanzas mother, but she vows not to marry him. Esperanza and the rest of her family and Miguel the servant and his mother and father run away from Rancho De Las Rosas. Away from her father's brother. He is astonished when he does not find them the next day. They start a new astonishing life in the United States. Can they survive with these new conditions as servants at this new ranch?
posted Apr 9, 2004
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main characters Esperanza Ortega
Female
Age: 13
Hispanic
Part of a wealthy family in Mexico; father is beloved all around; robbers kill her father; servants help her and her mother get to the United States.



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