Esperanza Rising

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.

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Based on 18 reviews

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age 12+

terrible story

the character never get a real personality and the story always feels like it just started even by the end
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age 9+

She went from riches to rags...

Esperanza rising, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan (published in 2000), is about a rich 13yr old girl living in Aguas Calientes, Mexico in 1930. Esperanza loves her life on El Rancho de las Rosas, with her mama and papa and abuelita along with two hundred servants and farm hands. But when a terrible tragedy occurs Esperanza and mama are forced to move to a factory farm in california. Something that I really liked about this book is that it is a page turner. I also feel like that it is very relatable and also understandable. Something that I wish was a little different is that the story didn’t progress as far as I would have liked it, the actual amount of time seemed right but what happened in that time was not as much as I would like it to.

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