Esperanza rising /

by Ryan, Pam Muñoz.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2000Edition: 1st ed.Description: 262 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0439120411 (alk. paper) :; 9780439120418 (alk. paper).Title notes: BRA $16.95 2/17/2007$16.95 3/1/2008$16.95 (g) 8/28/2008$17.99 (reinstated) 5/15/2013Subject(s): Mexican Americans -- California -- Juvenile fiction | Mexican Americans -- California -- Fiction | Agricultural laborers -- Fiction | California -- FictionAwards: Pura Belpré Medal, 2002Summary: 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.
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Pura Belpré Award Winner<br> IRA Notable Book for a Global Society<br> New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing <br> <br> Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--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 circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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.

Pura Belpré Medal, 2002

BRA $16.95 2/17/2007

$16.95 3/1/2008

$16.95 (g) 8/28/2008

$17.99 (reinstated) 5/15/2013

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