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Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a girl could want: dresses; a home filled with servants in Mexico; and the promise of one day presiding over El Rancho de las Rosas. But a tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and her mother to flee to Arvin, California and settle in a farm camp. There, they confront the challenges of work, acceptance, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression.

Spanish edition (Esperanza Renace) Audio book edition, Listening Library

Awards and Honors

Pura Belpré Medal – Jane Addams Children’s Book Award – The Willa Cather Award – Américas Award Honor Book – ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults – Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year – NY Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing – IRA Notable Book for a Global Society – NCSS Notable Book for Young People – Jefferson Cup Award Worthy of Note – Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist – Smithsonian Best Book of the Year – Southern California Judy Lopez Memorial Award – Arizona Young Adult Book Award

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