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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Sep 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: multicultural-literature

Esperanza thought her wonderful life living on her family's ranch in Mexico with servants and a charming home would be wonderful forever. However, her perfect world is over when her mother and her are sent to California to become farm workers. Life for Esperaza is significantly different. Now she does chores, labor, and struggles in ways she never felt was possible. Through this depressing time in her life, Esperana needs to find a way to move passed this difficult time because it is crucial for her mother and her.

From the moment I picked up this book I could not put it down! Living in my own little bubble growing up I can relate to the way Esperanza felt about having a wonderful life where nothing terribly tramatic would occur. I felt that I was right next to Esperanza's side as I read this story. The journey of physical and emotional changes that she had to go through was extremely engaging. As I read this book I went through many emotions as how hard and depressed this girl was feeling, but how proud I was to see her strengh and determination to create a better life.
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(NS) - Heather Hayman Dana,

I enjoyed Esperenza Rising so much that I would not hesitate to pick it up again! I feel the same way as you when it comes to being trapped inside of that bubble. Her determination and strength throughout the bad times is inspirational and should become a highly recommended reading for all children who are sheltered from these things.

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