Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan is a historical fiction book. Esperanza’s life
seems perfect. She lives on a beautiful family ranch in Mexico with everything she could ever
want. That is until one night her father does not return. Esperanza and her family escape to
California with the hope of building a better life for themselves. The only problem is life at a
Mexican farm camp during the Great Depression is nothing like Esperanza’s old life. She must
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