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Esperanza Rising

Title

Esperanza Rising

Authors

Pam Munoz Ryan

Publisher

Scholastic Inc

Pages

288 pages

Publication Year

2006

ISBN

9780439120418

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Poverty; Family member death; death of a father; financial hardship; living in poverty; impoverished family

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

multi-generational

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Mexicans

Keywords

agricultural laborers; California; farming; strikes

Item Type

Fiction

Format

full length fiction

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