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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising (original 2000; edition 2002)

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Title:Esperanza Rising
Authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Other authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Info:Scholastic (2002), Paperback, 262 pages
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)


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Esperanza Ortega lives on a large ranch in Aguascalientes Mexico – El Rancho de las Rosas (Ranch of the Roses). Barely thirteen, she and her friends are sheltered and pampered, dressed in fine silks, and planning their quinceanera celebrations in two years’ time. But tragedy shatters her dreams. She and her family are forced to form a new dream in 1930’s California.

What I really love about this story is that Esperanza is a realistic 13-year-old. She’s very unhappy about the change. She finds it difficult to adapt to the new realities of her reduced circumstances, and is embarrassed that she is so ill-equipped to handle the work she’s expected to perform. She pouts and is rude to “those peasants.” Esperanza does finally realize that it is up to her to change her attitude; she must learn to let go of the past and to embrace that she is rich in the love of family and friends.

The audio book is performed by Trini Alvarado. Her narration is perfect. Her pacing is good, and she is able to alter her voice sufficiently to differentiate the characters. The last track on the audio is directly from the author, who was inspired to write this novel based on the real history of her family. Her grandmother was Esperanza Ortega. I couldn’t help but think of my own father and his travels with his father and brothers to Montana during the Great Depression, where they sheared sheep for 5 cents per sheep. Sometimes this was all the money they had to feed their families. My father was only 13 and his job was to keep the shears sharp. How I wish I had gotten more stories out of him, and out of my grandfather and uncles! ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 2, 2016 |
During the Mexican Revolution, rich families emigrated to USA. Esperanza left Mexico after her dad was murdered, and came to California to survive on the fields. Her life took a big turn, she struggles adjusting herself to her new life. Her mother gets sick and her life is miserable. The only thing that can give her life a piece of happiness, is to bring her "Abuelita" from Mexico. But some body stole the money that she is saving to bring her next her. Esperanza grows and learns from her difficulties and the seasons on the camps. ( )
  gabbond | Dec 10, 2015 |
When her life changes abruptly, Esperanza is forced to endure the hardships of labor, and along the way becomes a more humble individual. ( )
  KassRuiz | Dec 3, 2015 |
Esperanza always dreamed of living on her families ranch in mexico. Esperanza grew up wealthy. During the great depression, Esperanza and her mom have to move to California frantically. Esperanza now lives on a camp for Mexican workers and has to go through hardships of labor and farming.
  taylortrost | Dec 1, 2015 |
This book is about a girl who grew up with it all. After the death of her father she has to go to America to escape her uncle's threats. On her journey she learns what its like to do without and becomemore humble. I enjoyed this book. I didn't think she was snooty; she was only acting the way she was raised. She grew to understand the people and properly undjusted. ( )
  glguerra | Nov 28, 2015 |
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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
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.
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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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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