Reviewed by Scholastic News reader Erin F. of Texas
Esperanza Ortega is an only child and the main character in Esperanza Rising, a book by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Esperanza lives with her family on their ranch in Mexico. After her father is killed, her uncles try to take over her family's land. Esperanza and her mother escape to California, where they must do difficult farm- work. Her mother becomes very ill. How will Esperanza cope with the changes? Will her life be changed forever?