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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munos Ryan


Book Summary

Esperanza's life is picture-perfect, until tragedy strikes, and she comes face to face with some unpleasant truths she never had to consider before.  The wealth she took for granted evaporates, and she must learn to start over.

Book Review

This is an enjoyable book, and it brings Esperanza's world to life--both the privileged wealth and traditions she enjoys in Mexico, and the reality of hard work after her family moves. In some ways, it is a more sophisticated version of A Little Princess, delving deeper into politics and class issues, and challenging Esperanza to grow from her interactions with others, rather than only relying on inner strength.

Esperanza Rising book cover
Esperanza Rising

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Great Depression
  • Poverty vs. Wealth; Class Issues
  • Thinking for Yourself
  • Self-Sufficiency; Survival
  • Mexico / California

Discussion Questions for this book:

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