I haven't read Esperanza Rising written by Pam Munoz Ryan, published by Scholastic, in a long time but its memory has certainly stuck with me. A historical fiction based on what the author imagines life could have been like for her grandmother this is a coming of age story will capture the heart of any reader. Great to read aloud to young kids, middle readers, or adults. I remember listing to the audio CD on a car trip with my mom and brother, and by the end we were all crying. Esperanza is an inspiring character and her story is very relevant to today's immigration.
From the publisher:
“Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico, and that 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 circumstance; Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.
Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one.”