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Esperanza Rising

Title

Esperanza Rising

Authors

Pam Munoz Ryan

Publisher

Scholastic Inc

Publication Year

2006

ISBN

9780439120418

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

full length fiction

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Mexicans

Family Formation

multi-generational

Keywords

agricultural laborers; California; farming; strikes

Diversity Impact

direct

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