Esperanza Rising

Monday, October 5, 2015
Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising

While working one evening at the library in youth services a young patron about eleven years old recommended to me Esperanza Rising.  What a great read. The story begins with Esperanza, a young girl about to turn 13 years old. Her parents own a very successful ranch called “El Rancho de las Rosas” in Aguascalientes, Mexico.   Esperanza leads a very carefree life. She had fancy clothes, a magnificent home, and servants to provide whatever she needed.  She had parents and a grandmother who adored her.  It was close to the big celebration of her thirteenth birthday when life for Esperanza changed from a fairytale to a nightmare.  The tragic death of her father, force Esperanza and her mother and some dedicated servants to leave their beloved El Rancho de las Rosas and seek refuge in California.  What they face in this new land of opportunity is poverty, sickness, grueling work, and prejudice.  How do they overcome all this… hope and faith.   Esperanza surely does rise!  Great book.  Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

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