03 January 2010
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Now wait a minute before you write this book off. I know that at this point you may be thinking, "Why would I want to read such a sad story?" This is why: Esperanza learns that fortune, riches, and beauty cannot be counted as you hold them in your hand or reside in the land beneath your feet. Fortunes, riches, and beauty must travel with you and in you.
In addition to having a back-wards fairy tale like story, there is also a good dose of action as Esperanza uses the lessons she has learned to save the lives of her family members and friends.
Though at times you want to feel sorry for Esperanza, I certainly think that she will leave you smiling in the end.
(c) 2000 Published by: Scholastic Number of Pages: 262 Awards: Pura Belpre Award