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Esperanza Rising - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5 - 8! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

“Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico—she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author and Esperanza’s world:

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s website:

Readers’ Theater script for Esperanza Rising:

PBS’s resources for their documentary Surviving the Dust Bowl:

The CDC’s page on Valley Fever:

New World Encyclopedia’s page on the Phoenix:

Make your own Piñata:

Included as well: an Esperanza Rising crossword and word search, and recipes for Mexican fiesta salad, homemade tortillas, and Esperanza’s favorite dessert Flan de Almendra!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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