By Pam Mu Ryan
Scholastic, Paperback, 9780439120425, 262pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
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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.
*"Easy to booktalk, useful in classroom discussion, adn accessible as pleasure reading, this well-written novel belongs in all collections." -School Library Journal, starred review.
*"Told in a lyrical, fairy-tale-like style...Readers will be swept up." --Publishers Weekly, starred review.