Article Title

Esperanza Rising


Alyssa Hurst


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Multicultural, Hispanic and Latino, Poverty, 1900s

Document Type

Book Review


Esperanza has lived her whole life on a beautiful farm in Mexico with her wealthy family. However, when a tragedy strikes her family, they flee to a Mexican farm camp in California, right in the middle of the Great Depression. Esperanza learns what it means to work hard, struggle financially, and be discriminated against. Even while surrounded by endless crops, the people in the farm camp are starving and sick. When again Esperanza and her family’s lives are threatened, Esperanza must rise above her circumstances and fight.