Fiction Recommendations

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A beautiful story of losing everything and figuring out what's important.

Esperanza Rising was supposed to be one of my Read Harder books this year. It was my pick for task 22: A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009, but I noticed afterward that it doesn’t even qualify because the award was given in 2002. Nevertheless, this was a book on my TBR for a while and I’m glad I finally read it.

Esperanza has a bit of a riches to rags story. In some ways she’s better off, but the biggest message that I got out of it was about learning about your own privilege. Esperanza understood some about it, but not what the other people went through or had to know in order to do their jobs.

I don’t want to get into anything that might spoil the story, so I’ll leave it at learning about privilege. My favorite was actually the author’s story at the end about where she got the idea for the story and the pieces of family lore that she pieced together for it.

Save Esperanza Rising on Goodreads here or just buy it now from Amazon here.

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