In this touching book by Pam Muñoz Ryan, the pampered and rich 13-year-old Esperanza Ortega learns what it is like to live through hard times.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz RyanIn just a single heartbreaking month, Esperanza suffers many losses. After a separation  from Abuelita (her grandmother) and Papa, Esperanza feels life will never be the same. Soon, she and Mama depart to the United States from Mexico to get a job. They must live in a Mexican camp for immigrants and work in the fields, harvesting vegetables and fruit. Even thought it is hard labor, Esperanza and Mama are happy with their friends and good amount of food.

After an illness, Mama is admitted to a hospital, where she gets worse. But Esperanza always lives up to her name, “hope” in Spanish. Esperanza must work, to help Mama and reunite the family.

I loved this book, because Esperanza had special moments when she relived memories with her Papa. If you like touching and inspiring stories, read this!