Esperanza Rising

Posted February 8th, 2011 by AYONAH17

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Esperanza Rising is the story about a twelve year old girl (Esperanza) growing up in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza and her family live on an enormous ranch that belongs to her father, El Rancho de Las Rosas (the ranch of the roses). She is the only child, but lives with her grandmother, her mother and father, and their servants. Esperanza’s thirteenth birthday is only a day away, when her father is murdered; then everything goes downhill from then on. After her papa is killed, their ranch is then inherited by Esperanza’s uncles, Tio Marco and Tio Luis. Their house soon catches fire and burns to ashes, so Esperanza and her mother Ramona escape from the horrible uncles and move to California, taking one last look at El Rancho de Las Rosas and what used to be their home.

Esperanza is soon introduced to a whole new life style in California, because she is no longer a spoiled rich girl. She no longer has servants to do everything for her and wait upon her, so Esperanza and her mother Ramona have to start life anew. Esperanza has to learn to do things for herself and learn to help others. She does a lot of growing up in California, and becomes a young woman after all of  her struggles.

Esperanza Rising is a great book and I would recommend it to everyone. It was written by Pam Munoz Ryan, and is recommended to children of ages 9 through 12. The book contains some Spanish, though it is pretty basic and context clues can be used to figure out the text.

A lesson taught in the story, is that one shall not be afraid to start over; and one of my favorite quotes portrayed in the book is ‘No hay rosas sin espinas’(there are no roses without thorns) meaning there isn’t a life without difficulties.


Hi! My name is Kari. I am a Junior in high school from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Reading and writing are two of my various hobbies. When I began writing, I started out with poetry, which then progressed to writing little stories; and over time, I began writing books. I've written multiple books, though I haven't been able to get them published. I started to read once I discovered American Girl books as a fifth grader; then my favorite story became "Meet Addy" from the American Girl series. Some of my favorite stories are: Esperanza Rising (Ryan Pam Munoz), Night (Elie Wiesel), and The Scarlet Ibis (James Hurst). I love fairy-tales, and I own a Giant Fairy-tale book that I love to read over and over again. Yes, I am seventeen, but you are never too old for a fairy-tale.

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3 Responses to “Esperanza Rising”

  1. Jacob

    This was for Battle Of The Books last year in Nc, and I didn’t get to reading it. Is it really that good?

  2. AYONAH17

    I really recommend it to you, Jacob. It really is a great read for almost anyone. There are many lessons taught in the book and Pam Munoz Ryan is a great author. So if you find the time, I really do hope you can read the book so you will fully understand the greatness of it =)

  3. kris valley

    great book for kids

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