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31 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

I read the book, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. It takes p

I read the book, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. It takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924. This book starts off with six-year-old Esperanza and her Papa lying on the ground, pressing their ears to the earth. Papa said that if you lay still enough, you could f...
I read the book, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. It takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924. This book starts off with six-year-old Esperanza and her Papa lying on the ground, pressing their ears to the earth. Papa said that if you lay still enough, you could feel its heart beating. He was right, Esperanza could her it.  All was well for Esperanza, she had a big house with servants for her every need, beautiful dresses and a family that loved her.  Things did not stay this way though. Six years later, two very large and sad tragedies occurred in a short period of time, which sent Esperanza and her mother to the United States in secrecy in search of work, something Esperanza had never done before. Esperanza found that instead of the fancy clothes she and her mother usually wore, she only had a few pieces of dirty clothing that had once belonged to someone else. Instead of a beautiful house, they shared a cabin without hot water with a family of five. They had each other and Esperanza learned that’s all she needed. In the winter months they put newspapers on the walls to keep the wind and winter cold out. Shortly after a big dust storm, Mama caught Valley Fever and became very sick. She has to be moved into a hospital and Esperanza became worried she will never see her again. She learns to work in the sheds with the older women to help pay for Mama’s medical bills.  Esperanza quickly discovers that Mexicans are discriminated against in the United States. The people they work for would gladly replace the Mexican workers with workers from Oklahoma, and they were willing to work for less money too. If she and the people around her lost their jobs, they wouldn’t have a place to live and no way to pay Mama’s medical bills. Soon a strike breaks out and the immigration program does not hesitate to remove any who are part of it and send them to Mexico, even if they have never been there before.  With so many obstacles to overcome Esperanza clings to the old life she had before leaving Mexico and thinks she is better than most of the people around her. I enjoyed the book, Esperanza Rising very much. It was a very interesting story and I learned a lot about Mexican discrimination. It taught me to be grateful for what I have around me because there are people who have less, but have greater minds like the people who worked in the Mexican labor camp. The mood changed a lot in the story and I enjoyed those ups and downs a lot, and I almost couldn’t put the book down. I would rate this book four stars out of five because I felt it was a little young for me, even though I still enjoyed it. I think it is a perfect book for girls ages nine to thirteen because Esperanza is twelve-years-old and has a young personality. I enjoyed reading Esperanza Rising and I hope people get as much out of it as I did. 

posted by Anonymous on December 11, 2012

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Shelby Cyr's Book Review The book Esperanza Rising is by Pam Mun

Shelby Cyr's Book Review
The book Esperanza Rising is by Pam Munoz Ryan. The book is about a girl named Esperanza who is a very wealthy girl who lives in Mexico until her father passes away on their ranch. This leads to her family moving to California where they can onl...
Shelby Cyr's Book Review
The book Esperanza Rising is by Pam Munoz Ryan. The book is about a girl named Esperanza who is a very wealthy girl who lives in Mexico until her father passes away on their ranch. This leads to her family moving to California where they can only get by working on a potato farm during the great depression. Their lives become very difficult and Esperanza's mother becomes very ill. During this time Esperanza feels the need to speak up for other immigrants who have come to work through the rough working conditions. The theme for this book is determination.
I liked this book because it made you feel as if you were making the change that Esperanza was working towards for the immigrants. I like that Esperanza was inspired to change the society, and the conditions immigrants have to deal with.
I learned throughout this book that even when times get rough you should still be inspired to make a change and better situations for people all around you. I learned that you need to have determination to make a positive difference.
I would recommend this book to girls of all ages because it has a very interesting and inspiring story line that open your eyes to different aspects of life. Esperanza Rising is a very well written book with a good story line.

posted by Anonymous on December 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Good for some

    This book was not that interesting to me. Mainly because i am not a fan of historical fiction and mostly prefer books like The Girl Who Could Fly and Call Me Hope. But, if you do like historical fiction , then you would probably love this story. It has a tiny bit of romance, life lessons, and a fantastic plot, but as i said before, it was mostly borring for me and did not make me want to read on. If you choose to read it i hope you like it more than i did!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Tap for honesty

    Ok i read this book before school. I dont like it. Its about a spoiled rich girl who is suddenly made poor. Its about how she "rises" over it. She expects to be treated like a princess and thinks everything will be fine. Nope. Not a fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Wow

    I am reading this in school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Esperanza Rising

    Esperanza Rising is about a girl who loses everything tries to work to regain her wealth. The main characters are Esperanza 'the girl who loses every thing', mama 'the mother of Esperanza', Miguel 'one of the many servants of Esperanza', Tio Luis 'the uncle of Esperanza', and Grandmother 'Grandmother of Esperanza'. ¿Mama, no!¿ said Esperanza. She turned to Tio Luis and said,¿ I hate you!¿ I thought that the book was boring because I like action books. I would recommend this to history buffs because it has a lot of history. ¿ Esperanza rising ¿ Pam Munoz Ryan ¿ Holt, Rinehart, and Winston ¿ Historical fiction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book was totally uncalled for!!! why do people always have to have mexicans working in thier books make it a liitle interesting and have whites workin for the mexicans!!! jeese!!! It was a stupid and boring book!!! DO NOT READ!!! AT LEAST I HAVE WARNED YOU ALL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Esperanza Rising

    this book was very mexican my favorite part was when she was flying and the worst part was when she was not flying the book was ok but overall it was boring it was about a mexican family who got poor and went to a mexican camp with lots of mexicans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Esperanza Rising

    I thought that the book was kind of boring. There wasn't much to it. The plot was O.K. The best part of the novel was when abulita broke her leg. I thought that it was kind of funny. The worst part of the novel was when she hovers over the valley. The historical fiction the book had was when there wasn't much work for people and everyone was fighting for work. I would recomend this book because some aspects wereinteresting to read from her point of view from going to very rich and then in one night losing everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Hoping Trains

    I think this novel was really boring it was not a good book for teenage boys.The worst part of this book is when they talk about food.This novel time period was during the Great Depression. I would reccomend this noval to anyone unless they were a teenage boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Had to read it in class, I wouldnt read it on my own!

    Esperanza Rising is a boring, slow moving book. It is about a rich girl whose father is killed by bandits. She has mean uncles that take over, burning their house down and demanding her mother¿s hand in marriage. To keep the family together they must move to America and leave their beloved Abuelita behind. In America, Esperanza is a poor worker and life is hard. She learns new lessons and makes new friends. The book was interesting in the beginning, but it seems as if the author got bored, like the readers, at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    Boring

    I too had to read this in language arts and it was BORING,(in my opinion)but others in my class somehow liked the book. Why? I dont know. It was just about Esperenza going from rich to poor. Not very interesting if you ask me. Now if you want good books try reading things by R.l. Stine Diane Hoh and other horror book authors.

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