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Esperanza Rising | [Pam Munoz Ryan]

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl in Aguascalientes, Mexico could want. But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel.
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Publisher's Summary

Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama's position and presiding over all of El Rancho de las Rosas.

But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill from Valley Fever and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one.

©2000 Pam Munoz Ryan; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Rich in history and culture, this novel is all the more successful in the audio format." (AudioFile)
"Ryan writes movingly in clear, poetic language that children will sink into."(Booklist)

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    Monica Turlock, CA, USA 03-24-06
    Monica Turlock, CA, USA 03-24-06
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    "Local history"

    Even though I found this from my son's school book order form, I loved this story! I can't wait to share it with more children, especially family members who should hear about the history of our Central Valley in CA and how our grandparents lived as farm workers in order to make our lives easier. It was like hearing a story from my own Grammy. Please, Ms. Munoz, write more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Avalon California USA 04-01-13
    Avalon California USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Courage, resilience, and love"


    Esperanza's privileged childhood in no way prepares her for the brutal reality of the migrant farm worker she abruptly becomes. The unforgettable events that propel Esperanza out of her life of ease and thrust her onto the lowest rung of Depression-era California agricultural work are swift, tragic, and irreversible.

    Esperanza's initial attempts to adjust to her new life are inept and unsuccessful, complicated by her anger and arrogance, as she yearns for all she has lost. Slowly, she redefines herself, as she begins to recognize her enduring beliefs and values in unexpected forms in her new circumstances. Her courage and resilience fortify her, and love ultimately lifts her above the perplexing conditions and painful tragedies she must overcome. The fact that "Esperanza" is based on a true story adds considerable emotional depth to this intriguing slice of historical fiction.

    The story is enhanced by the truly masterful narration of Trini Alvarado. Ms. Alvarado does not read this book, she performs it, revealing the cultural nuances and inhabiting each character in turn, most especially Esperanza.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gina oceanside , CA, USA 07-06-07
    Gina oceanside , CA, USA 07-06-07
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    "outstanding..."

    This book is one of my all time favorites, I recommend it to anyone ages 7-70! It is outstanding!

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    "This book rises above the rest!"

    This book was amazing. Not only does it poignantly tell the story of a rich, spoiled girl losing everything and having to come to terms with a new life in a strange land, but you get such an eye-opening look at the lives of the people who came to work in the fields of Southern California and the surrounding areas during the early 1900s (dust bowl and Depression years). The characters are realistically portrayed and the time period is brought to life in this story. I was touched by this tale--Esperanza is an inspiration that we can all "rise above" whatever life brings us.

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    Lioness 01-29-06
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    "Really Enjoyable"

    This was a wonderfuly story and the narrator made it even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this little book.

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    Delia M. Kendrick 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational story "

    Born in Mexico this story touched my heart. I love this story it made me cry.

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    Charizza 05-10-15
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    We read this as a class novel and I couldn't understand it. But I found audible and tried it out. I LOVED IT!!

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    Dongli Li 05-03-15
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    The book is so good 😀 I just want to get a afterwards 😄thanks for writing this book 😄Elizabeth your reader

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    Taisha Reed 04-11-15
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this book. I only read it because it was assigned for my Children Lit class, but I'd read it again just for fun. Amazing story and the way it was read made the story easy to keep up with and nice to lay in bed and listen to. it's nice to hear the correct pronunciation of these Spanish words.

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    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 03-08-13
    Geoff Kane Mesa, AZ United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up Esperanza Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Good story and sends the right message.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Exciting and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for young girls.

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