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Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) Paperback – May 1, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
"With a hint of magical realism, this robust novel set in 1930 captures a Mexican girl's fall from riches and her immigration to California," said PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 8-12. (June)
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Pura Belpré Award Winner
Américas Award Honor Book
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner
Willa Cather Award Winner
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
* "Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style . . . Readers will be swept up." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This well-written novel belongs in all collections." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support." -- Booklist
"Ryan's… style is engaging, her characters appealing, and her story is one that–though a deep-rooted part of the history of California, the Depression, and thus the nation–is little heard in children's fiction. It bears telling to a wider audience." -- Kirkus Reviews
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The main character and narrator, Esperanza, is the spoiled daughter of a rich ranchowner in Mexico. The family’s situation changes when Esperanza’s father dies; and her mother Ramona, rather than marrying a man she does not want, decides to flee with her daughter to the United States. This is during the time of the Great Depression, and they end up in a poor Mexican labour camp in California. Esperanza has a hard time adjusting to the hardships of their new life – very different from what she’s been used to so far. But gradually, she learns to cope with the challenges. The story is based on / inspired by the life of the author’s own grandmother, also called Esperanza (Spanish for “hope”). The author has also cleverly incorporated the rhythm of the various harvest seasons into the story. I really liked the book, and I think it gives “food for thought” for our own time as well, concerning how we treat the present migration situation (not only in the US but the rest of the world as well).
Someone please call Salma Hayek and Julie Taymor to turn this fantasy-like historical fiction book into a movie! I can really see this book as a wonderful movie that is part. "Frida Kahlo" and part, "Grapes of Wrath."
As described by the Amazon Customer Reviewer with the most "Likes" -- this movie is about a young girl and her mother who went from the privileged upper class to farm migrant workers in the doubly-cursed Depression Era and Dustbowl Days of the late 1920's / early 1930's.
I can see Ramona and Esperanza and alongside Henry Fonda's character in Grapes of Wrath. Poor is poor. Courage is courage.
It is a great book that gives a good history lesson about that period of time in our history. It brings up the plight of the Okies from Oklahoma who fled the Dustbowl, the migrants who worked hard for pennies a day and didn't even want to lose those pennies in workers' strikes for better wages and living conditions. The book touches on racism, deportation, and the determination to survive.
It is a great book about pride and determination. It is a great book about love and hope.
I am an adult and I LOVED this book. I think it would make a great movie. Salma? Julie? Where are you?
I felt I was taken into this world, felt genuine compassion for the characters and really loved the family aspects. This starts of telling the story of a happy a wealthy kind family who own a vineyard in Mexico. Tragedy hits them. This tells what it was like for many immigrants coming into this country. Not once is the book wordy or preachy. It is just great story-telling!!!
I will reread this book someday.