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Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"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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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-Ryan uses the experiences of her own Mexican grandmother as the basis for this compelling story of immigration and assimilation, not only to a new country but also into a different social class. Esperanza's expectation that her 13th birthday will be celebrated with all the material pleasures and folk elements of her previous years is shattered when her father is murdered by bandits. His powerful stepbrothers then hold her mother as a social and economic hostage, wanting to force her remarriage to one of them, and go so far as to burn down the family home. Esperanza's mother then decides to join the cook and gardener and their son as they move to the United States and work in California's agricultural industry. They embark on a new way of life, away from the uncles, and Esperanza unwillingly enters a world where she is no longer a princess but a worker. Set against the multiethnic, labor-organizing era of the Depression, the story of Esperanza remaking herself is satisfyingly complete, including dire illness and a difficult romance. Except for the evil uncles, all of the characters are rounded, their motives genuine, with class issues honestly portrayed. Easy to booktalk, useful in classroom discussions, and accessible as pleasure reading, this well-written novel belongs in all collections.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.
I would give this product 4 stars for the overall enjoyment of the story. The simplicity of language makes this readable for young persons as well as older individuals. The plot was easy to follow. The authour explains at the end of the book that there were some parallels in the writing with actual persons she was familiar with. She explains the hardships which Mexicans had to endure just to feed their families. She also explains the reason many of them went to America. In her case it was a fall from grace since her father had died. He was the owner of his own ranch. "The ranch where roses grew". It is the symbol of the rose that gives Esperanza hope of rising during the final chapters of the book. She had had to endure a difficult journey in order to make it to the United States. She had to learn some things she never knew, but in her own childish way, she found an inner strength to endure for the sake of her mother who became ill, and her grandmother (also another symbol-of strength) who had promised her that after she had gone through a number of hills and valleys in her stitching she would come and be with them.
This book is a good easy read, but will bring encouragement to any heart willing to endure its pages.