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Esperanza Rising

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  32,674 ratings  ·  3,075 reviews
A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

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 wo
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Michelle
I just finished this book with my class today...couldn't read that last sentence because I cried...the kids cried too. That hasn't happened to me before with a read aloud...great story.
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Title Esperanza Rising
Author Pam Munoz Ryan
Publisher Scholastic Press Year 2000
# of pages 253 Genre Fiction
Reading level Interest level 13-15
Potential hot lava:
racism

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My first response to this book was that I wanted it to be longer. I wanted to read more about the relationships Ezperanza makes and to see if anything evolves between her and Miguel. I really e
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Jenny
An inspiring story of struggle, hardship, and hope, Esperanza Rising gave me and my children much to discuss. This is a great work of historical fiction for children based on the life of the author's grandmother.

Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, and her mother must leave their home in Mexico and start over as farm workers in California after the death of her father. Set in the early 1930's, this book gives you a feel for the struggles of the Great Depression as well as California H
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Courtney
Though Esperanza comes from a privileged background, she and her mother are forced to flee Mexico after her father dies. She must work as a farm laborer (despite her upbringing and education) in southern California during the Great Depression.

The characterization is lovely; they are well rounded with realistic concerns and struggles. This novel illuminates the unique plight of Mexican-American laborers during the Great Depression, including forced deportation, labor strikes, competition from th
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Kelsey
Apr 10, 2008 Kelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-13
This book was wonderful! I started reading it a while ago, but stopped because I thought it was too sad. (I was at the part about the papayas) I just picked it up again and couldn't put it down! This was, by far, one of the best books I've ever read!
Heather
Thirteen year old Esperanza lives a fairy tale existence in Mexico with her mother, father and grandmother. She has beautiful dresses, dolls, and servants and she lives in a beautiful home. Tragedy strikes Esperanza’s family though when her beloved father is killed. She and her mother are forced to escape to California from her uncles who wish to take over their land. Esperanza finds herself in a rude awakening as she faces harsh living conditions, hard labor and financial troubles from the Grea ...more
Megan Tsosie
That starting over is not always bad, bad things may happen but we somehow manage to survive.
Stephanie
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Lars Guthrie
A really great book on so many levels. There are so many connections you can make with kids while reading 'Esperanza,' but learning about the Great Depression, and Mexico, and farm workers, and how fruits and vegetables get to our tables, and California geography, are all side benefits to this Cinderella-in-reverse story that still ends up happily. It's a classic, and should be in every collection of children's books. Highly recommended.
Emily
best book ever!!!!!!!! it wuz so sad!!!!!!! i like cried like 10 times!!!!!!!!!!
Haley *I don't take bullshit*
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L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
In Esperanza Rising we learn about the Ortega family who own a prosperous ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza, the heroine of the story is the only child of the ranch owners. Misfortune comes to the family. Her father is killed just before she turns thirteen. Her greedy uncles inherit the ranch. One of her uncles, who wants to be a politican, offers to marry her mom, Ramona. Her love for her husband was so strong that the idea repulsed her. Esperanza and her mom are forced to leave their ...more
Elaine
Wow what a powerfull story. Need I say that I spent an hour in tears as I was reading the book. Woke up with puffy eyes the next day. Unfortunately students only get to experience the Grapes of Wrath in high school. How marvelous would it be to also introduce them to Esperanza Rising, perhaps as part of an immigration unit and then have them analyze the different experiences of these two groups, the "Oakies" and the Mexican immigrants.
I was so moved by the selfless act of Ramona to give up all t
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Kristen
What do you do when your check out a book and read it voraciously in less than 24 hours, and end up loving it enough to include it among your top 10 children's lit books of all time? You immediately re-read it to your 12-year-old daughter for her reading nights! Funny story about how I chose this book ... I arrived at the library and thought I had fifteen minutes until closing time, but the librarian told me that they would be closing shop early that night and gave me five minutes to make my sel ...more
Natalia
This book told me a lot about the Mexican Revolution and how struggles kept continuing after the Mexican Revolution.
Rebecca
quick, easy, and great read. i really love enjoy learning about other cultures, fiction or non.
Mikayla
I love this book too! The moral of it is really good! It s definately a have-to-read!
Alvaro
So I needed to write an essay for this one before, but successfully b.s.ed this essay. Got an A. Problem was I never really read the book. I researched all aspects of the book, and analyzed my audience, the teacher, in order to get a great grade. I recently finished this book in two days (actually a few hours if I hadn't stopped). The research must have taken me a little longer.

I was a good book. I actually enjoyed it. The characters and situations seemed real, and, if you read the author's note
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Briana Patterson
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the quality of the characters. Though they had their flaws, these characters do not fit in stereotypes. Though Esperanza is rich, and can be a bit spoiled at times, the book also shows the tragedy in her inexperience and the embarrassment she goes through for being so privileged. She doesn't have a rotten heart. Rather, she is very realistic in that she has multiple sides. Despite the hardship, anger and bitterness was frowned upon. These ch ...more
Mark
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Lindsey
In Esperanza Rising, Esperanza is a priviliged girl who lives in Mexico on her Father's ranch. On the eve of her 13th birthday her father was killed by vaqueros. Her uncles now had control of her families property and would only allow her and her mother to stay if her Mother married one of them. She refused, so they take the train to California with some of their servants. Esperanza had to learn how to work and take care of her family and others. She no longer was waited on hand and foot. When h ...more
Fificita
%warning spoiler% awsome. this book is probabably one of the best books ive read. its amazing. this book is also well writen, for example the author in some parts he uses italics when the characters are talking in spanish, he also uses a sign that i cant find in the computer, but you have a sign that tells you that a scene has changed. this book is about a girl whos name is esperanza. this girl at first is very happy because she has all her family beside her and friends. but sudenlly her dad was ...more
Winna
Esperanza Rising is a YA book I mooched from Anna Kay. It was a Scholastic hardcover edition with beautiful cover and excerpt pages (I love the cover!).

The story revolves around a girl named Esperanza, whose father was suddenly murdered and she lost everything in a fire. She and her mother had to work in Oklahoma, with her grandmother separated, still in Mexico. This book told her story about growing up, how she felt when she lost everything dear to her, and she was still spoiled sometimes for t
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JoAnne Pulcino
ESPERANZA RISING

Pam Munoz Ryan

This is a book for age 8 to 12, and for grade 3 to 7.

My eight year old granddaughter is in third grade and we read this book which was assigned in her advanced reader’s class. It was a joy to be able to share it with her, and I hope we can do it again, soon.

I question the content in this book for an eight year old, but maybe I’m a little over protective.

Esperanza lived on a large, prosperous ranch in Mexico where she always had servants and fancy clothes. A sudden t
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Kirei
Esperanza's father dies at the beginning of this book, and I thought, "Gawsh...not another kid's book with a dead parent!" I thought maybe I was over the sadness hump, but no, pretty much the entire book is quite sad.

Nevertheless I gave it five stars because it ultimately is an uplifting tale about how Esperanza overcomes adversity. There are lots of good quotes in the book that kids can remember when the going gets rough. Also, it is well researched and provides insight into the way things wer
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Cecilia
"Do not be afraid to start over."

What a wonderful book about loss and despair, starting fresh and hope. It's an excellent book for the period in my life where soon I will be starting fresh.
Jgrace
Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan
4 stars

Pam Munoz Ryan is a California treasure. As an early childhood teacher, several of her picture books were my go-to choices for a multi-cultural, read-a-loud. Esperanza Rising is written for an older, middle-grade audience. Esperanza is a 13-year-old Mexican girl who has suffered the loss of her father and her prosperous home. She immigrates to California with her mother and their former servants to become a farm worker during the Great Depression. This bo
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Samantha Howard
This book tells the story of a girl name Esperanza during the post-revolutionary era. She is part of a wealthy family in Mexico, and has everything she could ever want—until one day, when father gets killed. After a series of events with her uncle, she figures out away to escape and go across the border the US. When she moves to the new country, she is no longer wealthy, and is living in the US during the great depression. She uses these conflicts and hardships to learn how to rise above them. D ...more
Kathleen
“Do not be afraid to start over.”

Thirteen year-old Esperanza quickly gleans that her Abuelita, grandmother, refers to something other than her crochet lesson.

Esperanza is living a life of wealth and privilege on her family’s ranch in Mexico, when tragedy forces Esperanza and her mother to flee to California, without her beloved grandmother. Esperanza’s journey is founded on love, loss, hardship, perseverance, and survival. And hope.

For the first time in her life, Esperanza must work. She learns
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Ashley Carpio
Esperanza Rising was a great book. I liked the last chapter and how it ended. How she changed so much when she got California, but so sad when mama got sick and papa died when it was almost her birthday. Leaving abuelita in Mexico.
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“We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.” 39 likes
“The needle rocked awkwardly and at the end of her beginning rows, Isabel held up her work to show Esperanza. "Mine is all crooked!"

Esperanza smiled and reached over and gently pulled the yarn, unraveling the uneven stitches. Then she looked into Isabel's trusting eyes and said, "Do not ever be afraid to start over.”
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