Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 7Grades 3 - 8V5.341905
Publication Date: 2000

Winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for outstanding children's literature that celebrates the Latino/a cultural experience.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0307258327
ISBN-13: 9780307258328
153 Book Reviews
  • sylviacandy123
    sylviacandy1233 days55 stars
    This is a great book I recommend this book to ALL readers!
    • victoriakiserdains
      victoriakiserdains9 months55 stars
      this book is super awesome because it explains what esperanza is going through when her father passed away right before her birth day
      • tiny_stardust
        tiny_stardust9 months55 starsFeatured
        YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST READ THIS BOOK!!! Esperanza Ortega is a twelve-year-old girl, turning thirteen, and she is looking forward to her birthday. But that evening, when her father goes away in town, he doesn't come back. Sixto Ortega was attacked by bandits and killed. Not long after, the entire house catches on fire! Abuelita is injured. Hortensia, the maid; Alfonso, a campesino; her mother, Ramona; and Miguel, Hortensia and Alfonso's son, must flee to America for better work. And if Mama accepts Tio Luis's proposal, nothing will be well again! So they go to California! Esperanza meets a girl named Marta, who despises her because she misjudged Esperanza. Marta is taking part in a strike for better work conditions. She also meets Isabel, Josefina, and more people! But when a dust storm hits and mama gets sick, Esperanza doesn't know how she will cope. But she takes what she has and is determined to help. But one day when Miguel goes away, can Esperanza fix what she's messed up? This figurative language-filled book is beautifully written and based off of the real Esperanza Ortega!
        • nbb2011
          nbb20119 months55 stars
          I personally loved this book. Esperanza has to learn to accept her new life. (I will write another review with the summary)
          • bluffffyyyy
            bluffffyyyy11 months55 stars
            It's really good🙂🙂🙂
            • bookz
              bookzover 1 year22 stars
              Tells a story about the seoeration of the social classes and how moeney seperate us. How you go from the very top to the bottom.
              • kittyluvskookie
                kittyluvskookieover 1 year55 stars
                Omg so inspiring I really recommend it
                • eco-friendly
                  eco-friendlyover 1 year55 stars
                  Esperanza is a young girl living on her fancy ranch. She has many servants, her parents, and her grandmother. But when her father was murdered, everything changes. Her crazy uncle wants to marry her mother, her uncle burns her family's farm to ashes, and her uncle has spies everywhere. Esperanza and her mother and servants must go to America, but it would mean leaving her grandmother behind. Esperanza, the once rich girl, goes on an unforgettable journey. She must rise above all the hardships. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
                  • redrobin
                    redrobinalmost 2 years55 stars
                    I felt so bad when Esperanza's dad was killed in the beginning! Great book!
                    • mireeka
                      mireekaalmost 2 years44 stars
                      I read this book once.