On her family's ranch in Mexico, Esperanza lives a privileged life in a large home with lots of servants, surrounded by her family. But when tragedy strikes, she and her mother are forced to leave their home and flee to California during the Great Depression. Now working at a Mexican farm labor camp, Esperanza must quickly adjust to her new reality, which includes a strike for better working conditions and helping her ill mother survive.
Promising review: "This book is rich with ideas for great discussions on empathy, economics, labor unions, race relations, prejudice, rights, family, choices, hope, attitude, work, pride, and kindness. Make sure you keep tissues by as you read. I don't usually cry when reading, but this book brought my tears to the surface again and again, making it difficult to read aloud to my kids. It's a sweet book about hard work, love, and hope." — Jenny