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Esperanza Rising: Introduction
Esperanza Rising: Plot Summary
Esperanza Rising: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Esperanza Rising: Themes
Esperanza Rising: Quotes
Esperanza Rising: Characters
Esperanza Rising: Symbols
Esperanza Rising: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Pam Muñoz Ryan
Historical Context of Esperanza Rising
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- Full Title: Esperanza Rising
- When Written: Late 1990s
- Where Written: Southern California
- When Published: 2000
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young adult literature; coming-of-age tale
- Setting: Aguascalientes, Mexico; San Joaquin Valley, California
- Climax: Miguel steals the money orders that Esperanza has been saving in her valise. Everyone suspects he has run off with the funds, but, days later, he returns from Mexico—with Esperanza’s Abuelita, whom he has rescued from the clutches of Esperanza’s evil uncles Luis and Marco.
- Antagonist: Tío Luis, Tío Marco, Marta
- Point of View: Close third person
Extra Credit for Esperanza Rising
The Real Esperanza. Esperanza Rising is a work of fiction, but Pam Muñoz Ryan cites her own grandmother—also named Esperanza Ortega—as the inspiration for the titular character, and the hard journey she undertakes. Muñoz Ryan’s grandmother came from Mexico to America after her father’s death during the Great Depression and found work on a company farm, leaving behind a life of luxury and grandeur. Muñoz Ryan’s mother—also named Esperanza—was born on that very farm.