We invite you to join The GardenWorks Food Readers Book Club's summer community garden gathering. We will discuss Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and enjoy a garden tour during your visit. Join us with this critically acclaimed, Scholastic Gold young adult novel, appropriate for ages 8 and up. The discussion will be appropriate for both adults and children. Available also in Spanish.
Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.
West Chicago, IL
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