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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan, Trini Alvarado

What a beautiful book. I came across this in the library catalogue while looking for a HF set in North America for a reading challenge. The story tells of Esperanza's journey from a life of privilege as the daughter of a wealthy land owner in post-revolution Mexico to farm worker in California. It's a charming story, and while clearly aimed at young teen readers I enjoyed it very much, learning about a bit of history of which I was entirely ignorant.

The audio performance by Trini Alvarado was very good, and there was an Author's note - read by the author herself- at the end of the CD, where she described how the story was inspired by the life of her own grandmother.