Esperanza Rising

Ryan, Pam Muñoz

(Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2000
ISBN: 0439120411
Branch Call Number: J FIC R
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm.


From Library Staff

To escape their scheming family, Esperanza and her mother flee their privileged lives in Mexico and find refuge in the migrant camps of Southern California during the Great Depression.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 09, 2014
  • Rainia rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Interesting book, but sad that her father died and her mom can't keep the property

"Esperanza Rising" is about a wealthy girl named Esperanza. Esperanza's father dies, leaving the land he owned in the hands of Esperanza's rude uncle. The family runs away from Mexico to California, while Esperanza learns how to sweep, peel potatoes and learn how to really work for the first time in her life. When Esperanza's mom gets sick, many things are now depending on Esperanza. Will she be able to handle all this? Read this great story and find out for yourself!

This book has a couple of Spanish words and the reader can truly understand the feelings and wants of all of the characters.

Jun 17, 2014
  • koala_142857 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Esperanza Rising" is about a Mexican girl, Esperanza Ortega, and how she and her family moved to the United States. She grew up in a wealthy family, had fancy dresses, many servants, and was "...an only child and Papa's pride and glory" (Ryan 4). One day, while Papa was out with the workers picking grapes, something suddenly happens and turns her life upside-down. Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee to a field worker’s camp. She strives to support her family while she faces horrible conditions and Mama is sick in the hospital. “Many struggled just to put food on the table...They focused only on survival and put their hopes and dreams into their children’s and grandchildren’s futures” (Ryan 262). And that is what Esperanza did.
The book is beautifully written, with vivid words and strong characters. If you like historical fiction, you will like this book.

Nov 29, 2013
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is great. I'm 23 and enjoyed it. It's not just for kids, although I would definitely recommend they read it. There's a lot of history in it, as well as personal struggles. I also really loved the author's notes in the back of the book. This was really like her grandmother's life.

Jul 16, 2013
  • TDSRC2014_GA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Esperanza Rising is one of the most amazing books I've ever read! I really like how the author writes it in a flowing way and includes Spanish words and easy English ones. It is easy to understand and visualize. This a book about a girl who lived like a princess in Mexico then big changes happen and she has to move to California was a worker. Are you ready to learn with Esperanza?

Jan 08, 2013
  • sophiaqchen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing!!!!! I have read it many time and it inspires me by how brave and strong Esperanza worked for he family and friends. Esperanza overcome her difficulties and learned to never be afraid to start over. She is like a phoenix rising again with a new life ahead of her!!!!

Jul 31, 2012
  • sailthessj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book. The ending wraps it all up nicely.

Jul 25, 2012
  • p_gzpata9730 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great book!!

Jul 04, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a really good book! I recommend this book to everyone that's interested in the Great Depression.

This book is about a girl named Esperanza.She lived like a princess in her father's farm.(kinda)He grew things like roses,grapes,etc. Everything was perfect, and it was almost her birhtday.But everything changed when her father is killed and she is forced to flee Mexico to America.She moved to Los Angeles to work on a farm.Money was tight,and work was hard,but Esperanza starts to feel confident that she can live and work here.But,everything goes wrong when her mother is ill,....
I highly recommend this book for people who love to read about hope and history.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Jun 15, 2014
  • maroon_rabbit_8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

maroon_rabbit_8 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

indigo_tiger_123 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jul 02, 2012
  • orange_horse_80 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

orange_horse_80 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Dec 15, 2010
  • Violet_Wombat_2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violet_Wombat_2 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Apr 19, 2010
  • Indigo_Hummingbird_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Indigo_Hummingbird_2 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary

Jul 25, 2012
  • p_gzpata9730 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

esperanzas dad dies herr mom and her have to go move to south california during the great depression


Add a Quote

Jul 25, 2012
  • p_gzpata9730 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i herd my mom calling me


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL


Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

Esperanza Rising
Ryan, Pam Muñoz
Esperanza Rising

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.

I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings



Powered by BiblioCommons.
app05 Version jokkmokk2 Last updated 2015/01/29 17:28