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Esperanza Rising

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pam Munoz Ryan

Narrated By: Trini Alvarado

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: September 2003

Duration: 4 hours 44 minutes


Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama's position and presiding over all of El Rancho de las Rosas.

But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill from Valley Fever and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

Pam Munoz Ryan eloquently portrays the Mexican workers' plight in this abundant and passionate novel that gives voice to those who have historically been denied one.


  • claryssa Garcia

    I read this at school one day I literally cried!!

  • Cleo Correa

    This book is so sad I almost cried, but I enjoyed it so much!

  • Alisia Muir

    In a sobering way, so many aspects of this story is familiar to me. But the depths of the human spirit to overcome is ever present. What a wonderful story.

  • ji hyoung choi

    awsome book but it is so so sad but thank you for making this book Pam Munoz Ryan I love it