Esperanza Rising

By Pam Munoz Ryan

Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic 2000

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A little girl experiences the hardship of immigrating to a new country where she no longer has the status of a Mexican princess, but a Californian laborer.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.