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Esperanza Rising

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  41,110 ratings  ·  3,635 reviews

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 se

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Published September 23rd 2003 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mackenzie Well at first i didn't like Marta at all, what she said to Esperanza when they first met made me soooo angry! She made fun of her and all that.…moreWell at first i didn't like Marta at all, what she said to Esperanza when they first met made me soooo angry! She made fun of her and all that. Esperanza helped her by hiding her, or else she would be deported, so then Marta started liking Esperanza and she was finally nice to her))(less)
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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.
So good. I only cried 8,753 times while reading this.
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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
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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
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
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
Apr 10, 2008 Kelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!
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This book is GREAT! I read it with school and at first to be honest I hated it! Esperanza was annoying and snobby! But in the end she was a really like able person!
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.
Megan Tsosie
That starting over is not always bad, bad things may happen but we somehow manage to survive.
best book ever!!!!!!!! it wuz so sad!!!!!!! i like cried like 10 times!!!!!!!!!!
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
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
I wanted to like this book, but I struggled with liking the characters. There was not one character I really cared about. I found I cared more about the roses they were transplanting than the people who were transplanted. I did like the growth I saw in Esperanza.

This story was too didactic. Munoz didn't trust her reader enough to figure out what was right; she felt she had to tell them. She also had too many plot lines going that seemed to go nowhere at all. Murdered father, greedy and mean unc
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
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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
A beautiful little gem of a story that is historical fiction richly based upon the author's own family history starting with her Grandmother. I wasn't aware of the horrible attempt of the United States to rectify the affects of the Depression and because of labor strikes calling for better wages and living conditions. Over 500,000 Mexican born and Mexican Americans were involuntarily sent back to Mexico, many had never been to Mexico. Here is an article touching upon this sad part of our history ...more
This book told me a lot about the Mexican Revolution and how struggles kept continuing after the Mexican Revolution.
quick, easy, and great read. i really love enjoy learning about other cultures, fiction or non.
I love this book too! The moral of it is really good! It s definately a have-to-read!
Bulu kuduk saya meremang begitu menyelesaikan buku ini. Bukan karena rasa takut atau ngeri, tapi karena rasa haru dan lega....

Esperanza, seorang gadis kecil anak tuan tanah di Meksiko, berubah menjadi seorang buruh perkebunan, yang harus mencari uang demi keluarganya, di sebuah tempat yang jauh berbeda dari kehidupan masa lalunya...

Esperanza, seorang gadis manja yang tidak pernah mandi sendiri, karena ada Hortensia yang selalu memandikannya dan mendandaninya menjadi seorang putri nan cantik jeli
This audiobook was recommended to me by the e-library and with a cover so beautiful I had to check it out. And I am glad I did.
Esperanza is a young girl growing wealthy on her family winery when tragedy strikes them. Esperanza’s beloved father and caretaker is killed leaving her and her mother without protection from his evil brothers, who just want to marry the newly widowed mother and take over the estate. Instead of settling for an awful marriage of bullying and intimidation her mother packs
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
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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Haley  *a lightning strike and eyes of bright clear blue*
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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
%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
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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“We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.” 56 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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