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Esperanza Rising Paperback – May 1, 2002
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Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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(Mexican Proverb, quoted from the book's opening)
This powerful and realistic novel is set in 1930's. The main character,Esperanza, is a wealthy young Mexican girl that has grown up on a ranch called El Rancho de las Rosas near Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is used to the care-free life of riches and privileges, surrounded by her loving parents, Ramona and Sixto Ortega, parties, dolls, servants, and silk dresses. But everything changes when one night, a day before Esperanza's 13th Birthday, her father is killed by the bandits.
Esperanza, her mother, and Abuelita (grandmother) find themselves in a very precarious position - they cannot own the ranch without Papa, a man, a head of the family. Espiranza's evil uncles take over the land, and one of them suggests that Ramona should get married to him. When Esperanza's mother refuses the proposal, their mansion gets set on fire at night, leaving them with nothing at all. Esperanza and her mother had no choice but to leave Mexico and flee to a migrate camp of agricultural work in California, leaving behind Abuelita and their riches and privileges. Instead, experiences of loss, poverty, separation, prejudice, humiliation and fear surround Esperanza on the way to her new life. She is no longer a princess but a worker. What's even more, her mother gets very sick, and Esperanza has to work hard to pay the hospital bills. Will she manage the long hours of work and months of separation from her mother and Abuelita? Will she find a way to rise from ashes and make a new life for herself?
Set against the multi-ethnic, labor-organizing era of the Depression, the story of Esperanza remaking herself is deeply touching and emotional.Read more ›
Wishing she were back home, Esperanza struggles to adapt to her new life. This is a big conflict that takes place in the story between Esperanza and herself. Not wanting to let go of her past and move ahead with her future, she doesn't try to fit in. After Esperanza's mother is put in the hospital, Esperanza finally works hard and tries to make friends. The story ends with Esperanza's mother coming home from the hospital and her knowing that everything will be alright.
This book was very entertaining to read. The author held my attention throughout the book because of all of the dramatic events that unfold. An example of this is when Esperanza's father dies. There is so much suspense in that chapter that I couldn't put the book down! When I read this book, I really felt as though I was right there beside Esperanza.
Esperanza Rising is a wonderful coming-of-age novel set in the Great Depression, first in Mexico, then in Southern California. Esperanza is a young Mexican girl from a well-to-family, accustomed to being spoiled and always getting her way. When the family is forced to split up and flee the country for the States, will Esperanza have what it takes to help her family cross the border illegally, farm in the hot California sun and take care of the young children? You must read to find out!
P.S. This novel is great for teaching grade school students about the Depression and immigration.
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It one of my daughter's favorite books - she's re-reading it for the second time!Published 5 days ago by zelrebels
I read this book was I was younger. I really enjoyed and appreciated how great it was written. I, being, Mexican, understand the love that she has for her father. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Rebeca N.
Great book. I use it for summer reading for income 5th graders.Published 14 days ago by Ken R Greene
Fabulous book. Great for 4th or 5th grade readers! Highly recommend.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
"Absolutely horrible" per my 10 year old son. He states it is very slow with no action. Please note, he is an avid reader, apparently this is not his genre.Published 22 days ago by Jeff
I love this book so much it is sad and happy at the same. It's heartwarming. Also Pam Munoz Ryan is an amazing author.Published 28 days ago by Abbey
Bought this for my daughter, I ended up reading it instead. I wanted my daughter to read about and understand a Mexican immigrants story, because her grandfather immigrated from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cheshirekitykat