Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2000
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780439120418
0439120411
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rya
Description: 262 pages ; 22 cm

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CRRLKids Aug 25, 2014

Young Esperenza loses her home and wealthy lifestyle and must work with migrant laborers.

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Right before her 13th birthday, Esperanza's father is murdered. Her mother is held hostage. She and Esperanza join the cook and gardener and escape to the United States.

After tragedy strikes on their Mexican ranch, Esperanza and her mother move to the United States to work on a farm. There they meet new friends and must look for healing and acceptance of their new life.


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icecream4books Jun 15, 2020

A beautiful, poetically written historical novel of a wealthy Mexican girl whose family loses everything in 1930 and must flee with former servants to become farmworkers in California. Many themes are woven together like a tapestry in this story: coping with loss, adapting to a new culture/place, class/racial tensions, putting others above self, “rising from the ashes”, the value and dignity of all people, the value of hard work. Inspiring & powerful - I would recommend without reservation, from preteens to adults.

JCLBeckyC Mar 20, 2019

I read this book just after my mother died. I found it quite comforting. I could easily relate to the characters even though I’m a middle-class, middle-aged white woman born forty years after this novel takes place. All people, no matter our backgrounds, grieve when our loved ones die. It’s a sad fact, but also a reassuring reminder that we are not alone in our shared humanity. Recommended for the bereaved, or anyone interested in reading a realistic historical fiction account of immigration and social class divisions during the Great Depression. Read-alikes: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

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mebacher
Nov 20, 2018

This was a recent selection from my Book Club, and made a nice companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath, which we read in the spring of this year. It was interesting to compare the work experiences and living conditions of Esperanza and her family to that of the Joad Family's, albeit in a shorter and less complicated form.

JCLScottS Mar 23, 2018

Functioning as modern American fairy tale, Esperanza is tasked with rectifying her father's untimely death, her mother's sickness, and the complicated politics of labor relations in Depression-era California. An inspiring and surprisingly dense work of art.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 12, 2017

Loved this beautiful, rich, and moving book; a coming of age story about a young girl who leaves Mexico to live and work in the Califonia fields during the Great Depression. The characters are well drawn and the setting is realistic and illuminating. The writing itself is elegantly sparse and expressive without being manipulative or preachy which gives the book surprising emotional resonance and power. Although the book is written for young readers (ages 8-12), this wonderful book is a meaningful and inspiring read for all ages. Highly recommended!

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zombiegravitation
Oct 04, 2017

I really love this book and own a hard copy of it. I first read it back in fifth grade as part of a group reading, despite being Mexican my Spanish was flawed in certain areas such as reading. I clumsily read the Spanish words, not always recognizing words I've heard my parents and I used verbally in written form. And yet I kept coming back to it and rereading because i could easily relate to many of Esperanza's experiences with growing up and dealing with hard situations (but perhaps not the exact same thing). It's a book I hold near and dear to me, one that really affirmed my connection to my Hispanic roots in a way I understood. Pam Muñez Ryan has a way with words that bring back memories of my own childhood, she makes it easy to relate to her characters.

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black_horse_628
May 10, 2017

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I know I literally start all my comments with this, but this book was amazingly well written. I love reading about my heritage so much. I can TOTALLY relate to Esperanza's embarassing moments :)

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Djoulissa
Jun 21, 2016

I really liked this book because it tells a story that my friend went through. It is really emotional too.

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jdjonny
Mar 20, 2016

I LOVE this book

LPL_KimberlyL Dec 02, 2015

This was on of my favorite books as a kid, which I very recently reread. Thought-provoking and sweet, this book is an easy read for older teens and adults and absolutely perfect for younger readers. Esperanza's growth throughout the book is fantastic, and the events in the book are extremely realistic and timely (issues of immigration and discrimination). This is definitely a book that inspires discussion.

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esperanzas dad dies herr mom and her have to go move to south california during the great depression

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i herd my mom calling me

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