Celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
13-year-old Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico with her fancy dresses and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California in the midst of the Great Depression. Settling in a camp for Mexican farm workers, Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. But when their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances for Mama's life, and her own, depend on it. Your young readers will be moved by Esperanza’s powerful story of perseverance as she struggles against unimaginable discrimination and hardships in an effort to carve out a better life for herself and her family.
Ages 8-12. 272pp.