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Esperanza Rising Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.00004695938014 out of 53.00004695938014 out of 53.00004695938014 out of 53.00004695938014 out of 53.00004695938014 out of 5 3.00 (21,294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pam Munoz Ryan Narrator: Trini Alvarado Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama's position and presiding over all of El Rancho de las Rosas.

But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill from Valley Fever and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Brittney | 1/21/2014

    " "Esparanza Rising" is a Pura Belpre Award Winner. It is a story about a young girl who dreams of living with her family on their family ranch until tragedy strikes. Esparanza and her mom have to move west. In her new home she is faced with hard labor and financial trouble. She has to keep working to save not only her life, but also her mothers. I would recommend this book to an upper elementary grade level. It is a great book to read for entertainment, but it also gives insight to not giving up even when life gets hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Leah Ford | 1/2/2014

    " This is my favorite book of all time and I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction. It has a very good story line and it has so many good details. I have read this over 10 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Lauren Clark | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed every page of this book! I loved every page! I highly recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Melissa Prentice | 12/26/2013

    " Nice study in identity (esp intersectionality) and social justice for young readers. "

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