Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

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Pura Belpr Award WinnerIRA Notable Book for a Global SocietyNew York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and SharingEsperanza 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.

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 10/01/2000
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.80w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780439120418
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.3
Point Value: 6
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 44286 / Esperanza Rising

Award: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award - Nominee
Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee
Award: WILLA Literary Award - Winner
Award: Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature - Honor Book
Award: Nutmeg Book Award - Nominee
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Nominee
Award: South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - Nominee
Award: Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award - Nominee
Award: Jane Addams Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Jefferson Cup - Notable
Award: Massachusetts Children's Book Award - Honor Book
Award: Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Bluebonnet Awards - Nominee
Award: Pura Belpre Award - Winner
Award: L.A. Times Book Prize - Nominee
Award: California Young Reader Medal - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Review - Children 10/01/2000 pg. 1432
Publishers Weekly 10/09/2000 pg. 88
School Library Journal 10/01/2000 pg. 171
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2001 pg. 96
Booklist 12/01/2000 pg. 708
ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/2001 pg. 1373
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2000 pg. 78 - Superior,Well Above Average
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2002 pg. 1235
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2001 pg. 78 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.