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Esperanza Rising

By: Amatullah Hashi, aged 12

Genre: Historical Fiction

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan


Unveiled by the decorated author of Echo, Esperanza Rising gives a heart-warming insight into a wealthy youth who fell into adversity, losing her wealth, safety, and father all due to one horrifying incident. This outstanding tale, inspired by the life of the author’s grandmother, details the dire situation of the needy to draw sympathy and inspire aid. The captivating story begins starring a youthful girl blinded by the fact that her wealth is infinite, only to soon be struck by the unfortunate tragedy that awaits. In my opinion, I would recommend this touching tale to tweens who enjoy a warming and thrilling genre.