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Question: Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?
Answer: Esperanza Rising was the book I fell in love with. My heart broke and I felt comforted by the ending in a way. I didn't like reading much at age 8, but read it and afterward I became a converted book lover or yes an avid reader! I was reading and noticed time went by for 8 hours straight and I was still reading. Even grew scared because at the time I didn't know it was possible for people to become engrossed in a book. Imagine my surprise. Then, I spent my life immersed in the literature world.
Abou Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Ortega possesses all the treasures a young girl could want: fancy dresses; a beautiful home filled with servants in the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the promise of one day rising to Mama’s position and presiding over all of El Rancho de las Rosas.
But a sudden tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. There they confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill from Valley Fever and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.
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