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Esperanza Rising (2000)

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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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.

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Independent Reading Level: Grades 5-7
Awards: Pura Belpre Award 2002
  SEldridge | Apr 30, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: 5th grade
Awards/Honors: Pura Belpre award for writing 2002 ( )
  bmwilmot | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: 9-12 years old
Awards & Honors: Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 2003)
Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 2003)
Soaring Eagle Book Award (Nominee — 2006)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Middle Grade — 2003)
Massachusetts Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2003)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Nominee — 2004)
LA Times Book Prize (Finalist — Young Adult Literature — 2000)
Great Stone Face Book Award (Nominee — 2002)
Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2003)
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2003)
Cardinal Cup (Noteworthy — 2001)
William Allen White Children's Book Award (Nominee — Grades 6-8 — 2002-2003)
South Dakota Children's Book Awards (Nominee — 2003)
Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2004)
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Nominee — 2005)
Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Medalist — 2001)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Teen — 2003)
California Young Reader Medal (Nominee — 2003)
Jane Addams Children's Book Award (Winner — 2001)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — Middle School — 2003)
FOCAL Award (2008)
Colorado Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2003)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2003)
Azia Books Diversity Award (Listed)
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee — 2004)
Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (Honorable Mention — 2000)
South Carolina Book Awards (Nominee — Junior Book Award — 2003)
Pura Belpré Award (Winner — 2002)
  Virginia_Lynn1999 | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Awards: Pura Belpré Award for Writing and Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Book for Older Children
  djlackey | Apr 28, 2024 |
Independent Reading for age 9 and up.
Daybreak Children's Picture book.
Skipping Stones Award
Book of Children's in 2016. ( )
  cpaiz | Apr 25, 2024 |
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Cepeda, JoeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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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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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.

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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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