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.
This is a great 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.
"She looked at her papers and hoped they were in order. What if the officials found something wrong? Would they send her back to her uncles? Would they arrest her and put her in jail?"
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