Esperanza Rising

Illustration of young girl floating above the hills

Instead of celebrating her 13th birthday in her prosperous Mexican home as she expected, Esperanza must adjust to the murder of her father, the loss of her house and wealth, and her new life as a farm worker in California during the Great Depression. This coming-of-age novel is based on the life of the author's grandmother.

Video: Jesse and Esperanza Rising

Bobbi Ciriza Houtchens shares the story of a teenage student who unexpectedly fell in love with Esperanza Rising.