Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan


Esperanza believed her life would be wonderful forever. She would always live on her family's ranch in Mexico. She would always have fancy dresses and a beautiful home filled with servants. Papa and Abuelita would always be with her.

But a sudden tragedy shatters her world and forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready got the hard labor, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, and lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick, and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances- because Mama's life and her own depend on it.

Why You Should Read This Book

You should read this book because it is about hard work, and that nothing in life is easy you just have go through with it, and you fight for the ones you love no matter what it takes. This book is also sad because her father, and grandpa die.