Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz RyanEsperanza thought shed always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--shed 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 isnt 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--Mamas life, and her own, depend on it.
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The heroine of this riches-to-rags story definitely deserves some celebrating — here are five reasons why:. When the story opens, Esperanza is living like a princess on her family's ranch in Mexico. She's a bit of a diva who has no sympathy for the poor, and is appalled about the idea of traveling in anything less than first-class style.
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Esperanza Ortega is a wealthy child in Aguascalientes , Mexico, daughter of wealthy landowner Sixto Ortega. She lives on her family's ranch, El Rancho de la Rosas, with her mother, father, and grandmother Abuelita. The day before Esperanza's 13th birthday, her father is killed on his way to town. When she refuses, he threatens that she will regret her decision. Esperanza and her mother have to stay in the servant's quarters with their long time servants and family friends, Alfonso, Hortensia, and their son Miguel. Abuelita, injured during the fire, is sent to a convent where she can recover. However, this is a lie as she, Alfonso, and Hortensia plan to flee to the United States.