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Esperanza Rising

By : Pam Munoz Ryan

For Ages:

13 - 18

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.


  • Genre: Fiction
  • Lexile Measure: 750L
  • ISBN: 9780439120418
  • Age Level: 13 - 18
  • Format: Hardcover