Pam Munoz Ryan
Age Range: 8 and up
Esperanza’s life changes forever when she has to leave her once privileged life on, El Rancho de la Rosas, when her father gets murdered by two outlaws. Esperanza encounters many difficult obstacles when tragedy not only hits once but a few more times while she and her mother try to make a new life for themselves. Esperanza must learn to adapt and survive to the hardships of the Campesinos while enjoying life and embracing family.
I would recommend this book because there are many Mexican proverbs and spanish vocabulary that would be very appealing to a Latino reader. This story explains the hardships of migrant farm workers and the Campesino, the embracing of family, and cultural norms, that anybody could relate to.
It is beautifully written and encapsulates the moments to which Esperanza goes through. This book is a true coming of tale story that everybody goes through at one point in time or another and is very emotionally driven.