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Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
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 str...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439120425
ISBN-10: 043912042X
Publication Date: 6/1/2002
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 137 ratings
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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prologue avatar reviewed Esperanza Rising on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is a beautifully told story of a young girl and her family who are forced to emigrate to the United States and take migrant farm work in order to escape an unacceptable fate back home in Mexico. Esperanza must grow up quickly as her pampered childhood is replaced by one in which she must take on adult responsibilities in order for her family to survive. Serious, yet full of youthful optimism, this is a great book for readers in grades 3 through 6.
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Helpful Score: 2
Any book that makes me cry by the end of the second chapter has got to be good. This is a beautifully written story exposing parts of US History that few of us recognize (ie the Mexican Repatriation of the 1930s). Highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a beautifully written book. It made me cry more than once! And you definitely don't need to be in the recommended age group to enjoy it.
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Heartwarming book about Mexican immigrants and the challenges they faced during the depression. Esperanza learned a lot about how her actions affected others. I read it aloud during a car trip and all five us enjoyed the story.
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Nice book for girls about 12-13 years old.
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My daughter and I read this together when she was 10. It was one of those books that she will remember when she reads to her kids. It was a very insipring story about love and loss and life. Riches to rags to understanding how life is. A great family a great story. I also think it was based on the authors life.
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This is a wonderful story about having everything and then losing everything only to discover you have had everything you ever needed all along. Esperanza Rising tells about Esperanza's life as a migrant worker instead of the fancy houses and fancy dresses she was supposed to have. I highly reccommend this book to any body with children ages 10-14.
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Very good juvenile book.
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This is an enchanting tale of a girl's journey from wealth to poverty, from a Ranch in Mexico to a Camp in California, from a grl to a woman. It is beautifully written and is a wonderful snapshot of a culture many do not undersand.