Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Signature, 2002, c2000.
ISBN: 9780439120425
043912042X
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 20 cm.

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kyang_91
Oct 17, 2020

This story by Ryan set in the Great Depression of the 20th century covers topics such as downfall and racism. Esperanza starts off living wealthy in a mansion until her father was murdered by bandits, which caused their family’s property to go to her uncle Tio Luis. However, he threatens to marry Esperanza’s mother which created a longing for Esperanza and her mother to flee to a Mexican labor camp in California, leaving Esperanza’s grandmother Abuelita behind. This novel will certainly appeal to those who are interested in the history of California or the Great Depression in general.

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naihco3
Sep 30, 2020

Esperanza Rising’s concept is immigration and trying to fight for their independence. I read this book back in 5th grade and I didn’t understand much but it was still really heart warming to me. Before moving to America during the Great Depression, Esperanza was in a happy and affluent family. She was always fed with delicious food and dressed in the best dresses. After something big happened, all the wonderful things she was blessed with disappeared. This causes her mom and her to travel to America for a new chance. Although they came to America at the worst time, the Great Depression. Esperanza’s mom becomes sick and a strike rises in their workforce. Esperanza is faced with these conflicts and has to rise above herself for her own life. This book really made me emotional in some parts. It makes me feel how lucky my situation is and just brings all of my emotions.

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HaileyMarz
Aug 16, 2020

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icecream4books Jun 15, 2020

A beautiful, poetically written historical novel of a wealthy Mexican girl whose family loses everything in 1930 and must flee with former servants to become farmworkers in California. Many themes are woven together like a tapestry in this story: coping with loss, adapting to a new culture/place, class/racial tensions, putting others above self, “rising from the ashes”, the value and dignity of all people, the value of hard work. Inspiring & powerful - I would recommend without reservation, from preteens to adults.

JCLCharlesH Oct 17, 2019

This book has such great character development and the narration pulled me in from the very beginning. Another great read from the Juvenile fiction section that is well worth a look.

JCLBeckyC Mar 20, 2019

I read this book just after my mother died. I found it quite comforting. I could easily relate to the characters even though I’m a middle-class, middle-aged white woman born forty years after this novel takes place. All people, no matter our backgrounds, grieve when our loved ones die. It’s a sad fact, but also a reassuring reminder that we are not alone in our shared humanity. Recommended for the bereaved, or anyone interested in reading a realistic historical fiction account of immigration and social class divisions during the Great Depression. Read-alikes: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

ArapahoeLiz Mar 19, 2019

I just listened to this audio book and loved it! I picked it up because I know it's a middle grade reading requirement for some schools and I was curious. It's a new classical favorite about a girl who gets uprooted from her life and adapts to a new life in America. Takes place during the 1920's and California strikes for workers of the farms.

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mebacher
Nov 20, 2018

This was a recent selection from my Book Club, and made a nice companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath, which we read in the spring of this year. It was interesting to compare the work experiences and living conditions of Esperanza and her family to that of the Joad Family's, albeit in a shorter and less complicated form.

JCLScottS Mar 23, 2018

Functioning as modern American fairy tale, Esperanza is tasked with rectifying her father's untimely death, her mother's sickness, and the complicated politics of labor relations in Depression-era California. An inspiring and surprisingly dense work of art.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 12, 2017

Loved this beautiful, rich, and moving book; a coming of age story about a young girl who leaves Mexico to live and work in the Califonia fields during the Great Depression. The characters are well drawn and the setting is realistic and illuminating. The writing itself is elegantly sparse and expressive without being manipulative or preachy which gives the book surprising emotional resonance and power. Although the book is written for young readers (ages 8-12), this wonderful book is a meaningful and inspiring read for all ages. Highly recommended!

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Jul 25, 2012

esperanzas dad dies herr mom and her have to go move to south california during the great depression

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i herd my mom calling me

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