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Esperanza Rising (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Pam Munoz Ryan

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Title:Esperanza Rising
Authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Other authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Info:Scholastic (2002), Paperback, 262 pages
Collections:TED 255
Rating:*****
Tags:Immigration, Family, Loss

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)

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  Jackie.Spencer | Jul 26, 2016 |
This is a very popular book in my library. This book is historical fiction with a little magical realism (which is very popular in Latin American countries.) The novel centers on Esperenza and her time as a farm worker in the great depressions. This book should be standard in any library grade 5-8. ( )
  JimStork | Jul 22, 2016 |
I greatly enjoyed this coming of age story. Esperanza faced much bigger struggles than most teenage girls do as they come of age, but the character did not take them in stride, she worked hard, struggled not to give up, and really matured though out the novel. My only complaint would be not getting to learn a little more about her relationship with Miguel. The author hints toward a romantic relationship from the get go but never delivers on where the two will end up in relation to one another. :( ( )
  Lynda_Garza | Jul 22, 2016 |
Lovely book about Mexican farm workers during Great Depression. ( )
  lizzieross | Jun 21, 2016 |
One of my favorite reads, I felt sorry for Esperanza but loved her resilience and how she made a new life for herself outside of upper-class life.

Best Required Reading Ever. Very sweet. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 9, 2016 |
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Epigraph
Aquel que hoy se cae, se levantará mañana.
He who falls today may rise tomorrow.

Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich.

- Mexican proverbs
Dedication
To the memory of Esperana Ortega Muñoz Hernandez Elgart, mi abuelita.

Baskets of grapes to my editor, Tracy Mack, for patiently waiting for fruit to fall.

Roses to Ozella Bell, Jess Marquez, Don Bell, and Hope Muñoz Bell for sharing their stories.

Smooth stones and yarn dolls to Ibabel Schon, PhD., and Leticia Guadarrama, Teresa Mlawerr, and Macarena Salas for their expertise and assistance.
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"Our land is alive, Esperanza," said Papa, taking her small hand as they walked through the gentle slopes of the vineyard.
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Did you know that when you lie down on the land, you can feel it breathe? That you can feel it's heart beating?
"We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us."
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Esperanza grows up on a Mexican farm in a wealthy family. When her father is killed, she and her mother lose everything and must migrate to the US. There she must work and live as a poor immigrant. Finally, at the end, she and her family are reunited with her grandmother, who had to stay in Mexico due to injury.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043912042X, Paperback)

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

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.

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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.… (more)

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