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Esperanza Rising is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Mexican-American author Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Publishing on March 27, 2000. The novel focuses on Esperanza, the only daughter of wealthy Mexican parents, and the events after his father's murder. and her subsequent move to California with her mother and her servants during the Great Depression. The book received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Muñoz Ryan's writing and concluded that it was suitable for classroom discussion.

Book Details



Esperanza thought that she would always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico; she would always have elegant dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mamá to flee to California during the Great Depression and settle in a camp for Mexican farmworkers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard work, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance that she now faces. When her new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to overcome her difficult circumstances: Mom's life and her own depend on it.


Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support.

About The Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.

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