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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, middle-grade, favorites

A wonderful coming of age story based on a Mexican Proverb: "The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich."

I first read this about nine or 10 years ago when I was in middle school, and I remember loving it. Now as an adult, the story is so much more powerful to me. I can't imagine the hardships that 13 year old Esperanza must face, but it's heartening to see her come out on top, even if it's not in the way most people imagine being "on top" or "rich."

The words are poetic and every scene has a purpose. An important story for anyone learning to adjust to change, which will be everyone at some point in their lifetime. Although it's a middle grade novel, teens and adults alike will benefit from Pam Muñoz Ryan's message.

Esperanza's story will make you cry and laugh from both sadness and joy. I highly recommend it to all.

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Reading Progress

August 30, 2014 – Started Reading
August 30, 2014 – Shelved
August 30, 2014 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 30, 2014 – Shelved as: middle-grade
August 31, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 29, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites

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