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Esperanza Rising
Narrated by Trini Alvarado
Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ESL English Listening :: Adult Literacy

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

Pam Muñoz Ryan was inspired to write Esperanza Rising by the stories she heard as a child from her grandmother. Set in the early 1930s, twenty years after the Mexican Revolution and during the Great Depression, Esperanza Rising tells the story of a young Mexican girl's courage and resourcefulness when at the tender age of fourteen she finds herself living in a strange new world. 

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