By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Bio of Main Characters
Esperanza is a very opinionated girl with a good heart and daughter of Sixto Ortega and Ramona Ortega, ranch owners. She has long black hair that, since she moved to the camp, she keeps in a long braid.
Miguel is a dreamer with an eye out for something to fix. He's always looking at the bright side of things which can sometimes annoy Esperanza. ( He's younger in the book than the picture shows.)
Ramona is Esperanza's mother and her inspiration. Ramona always has a strong word to say to Esperanza. She usually keeps her hair in a braided wreath around her head or in long braid(s).
Esperanza was also thankful when the doctor brought her the news that Mama was recovering.
Nonchalant- Esperanza was also nonchalant when Miguel came off the bus. After he got off the bus he circled back to get Abuelita. Esperanza acted nonchalant when Miguel first got off the bus to greet his family.
She also acted nonchalant when she listened in on the adults conversations while she was in her room for bed. She acted uninterested but really she was tracking every word they said.
Generous- Esperanza was generous when she gave Isabel the doll that Papa had given her.
She was also generous when she gave a hat full of beans to a family in need.
Wants What: Esperanza wants to live her life with Mama, Papa and Abuelita by her side and in wealth.
But: A few tragic events topple the family on its side and Esperanza and Mama have to flee to America!
So: Esperanza has to learn how to survive with out Papa, Abuelita and her wealth (including her servants!).
Then: After a year of toil and work, Esperanza's birthday brings a final surprise; something that just brings the whole story together!