Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her <i>New York Times</i> bestselling novel, <i>Echo</i>, as well as the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, <i>Echo</i>, <i>Esperanza Rising</i>, <i>The Dreamer</i>, <i>Riding Freedom</i>, <i>Becoming Naomi Léon</i>, and <i>Paint the Wind</i>, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include <i>Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride</i> and <i>When Marian Sang</i>, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and <i>Tony Baloney</i>, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.