FollettBound Glued Scholastic, 2000
Price: USD 16.28
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Middle School; Reading Level: 5.3
AR 5.3 MG 6 44286EN; RC 5.5 11; LEX 750L; GR V; F&P V
From the publisher: Grades 3-7; Ages 8-12
From Booklist: Grades 5-8; PW: Ages 8-12; SLJ: Gr 6-9


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"Scholastic Signature." 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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2002
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-40463-385-5 (originally 0-439-12042-X)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-40463-385-8 (originally 978-0-439-12042-5)
  • Follett Number: 32765W5
  • Catalog Number: 043912042X
  • Reading Level: 5.3
  • Audience: Middle School
  • Grades: 3-7
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Booklist: Grades 5-8
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 8-12
  • School Library Journal: Gr 6-9
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.3
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 6
  • AR Quiz: 44286EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 11
  • Lexile: 750L
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • Fountas & Pinnell: V

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2001
  • Book Links, 01/01/09
  • Booklist, 03/15/01
  • Choice, 01/01/01
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/01
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 10/09/00
  • Pura Belpre Author Award, 2002
  • School Library Journal starred, 10/01/00
  • Teacher Librarian, 04/01/03
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 01/09/10

Full-Text Reviews
Book Report (January/February 2001)
Esperanza Ortega has spent her first twelve years as the pampered, only child of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Her comfortable life vanishes when her father is murdered and her uncles force Esperanza and her mother to flee. With the help of their former servants, they secretly leave Mexico and make their way to California to work in the fields. Esperanza is unprepared for the hardships she must endure in the camp. Her mother patiently explains that they are fortunate to have a place to stay and a way to earn a meager living. Some workers try to organize the laborers to strike for better living conditions and pay, but the glut of workers coming to California in 1935 dooms their efforts. When her mother becomes ill, Esperanza discovers an inner strength that enables her to perform tasks she has never done before. This story of resilience in the face of harsh adversity shows how Mexican farm laborers were discriminated against in the 1930s. Readers will sympathize with Esperanza as she sheds her patrician upbringing and adapts to circumstances to survive. The author explains in a note that her grandmother inspired this story. Instead of numbers, she uses the name of the crop that is ready for harvesting to identify each chapter. Recommended. By Charlotte Decker, Librarian, Children's Learning Center, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio)

Taken from the Hardcover.

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