Thorndike Press

Esperanza Rising

  • Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432861956
  • ISBN-13: 9781432861957
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .90 lbs ( .41 kgs)
  • 262 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2018
  • Bestsellers



A Pura Belpré Award Winner
A Willa Cather Award Winner
A Newbery Award Winning Author
ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

Grades 6-8 | Ages 8 and up | Lexile 750


Customer Reviews

This well-written novel belongs in all collections.

— School Library Journal (starred)

Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style . . . Readers will be swept up.

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

Ryan writes a moving story in clear, poetic language that children will sink into, and the book offers excellent opportunities for discussion and curriculum support.

— Booklist