Esperanza Rising

  • by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Narrated by Trini Alvarado
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Rich in history and culture, this novel is all the more successful in the audio format." (AudioFile)
"Ryan writes movingly in clear, poetic language that children will sink into."(Booklist)


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This is THE BEST book ever. I want another one. Just picture it "Esperanza Rising 2"!!! Just when you thought you had a favorite book this one hits you in the face with a fish. And you're like woah! I love this book". It will make you feel like you are living with them in the setting. I want to go to Mexico and the government camp where they working. No matter what anyone says you should love this book. I'll be in a club with you because you and me love this book so much. READ THE BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! Buy it. Read it. Love it. Guaranteed.
-(this was written by me a 12 year old)
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- Laura


I loved this book and hated for it to end! You can't help but fall in love with the characters, especially Esperanza.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library