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    Esperanza is the richest girl in the town in Mexico because her father owns a huge ranch and earns a lot of money. But when her father is killed by bandits when he was traveling to buy some avocadoes at night, Esperanza and her mother are agasted. Esperanza's evil uncle comes and asks her mother if she wants to marry him so that the ranch can keep going and Esperanza can have a good education at a boarding school. Esperanza's mother refuses, and he says that she will regret saying that.
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   The next day there is a fire that destroys the whole ranch, which was obviously set by the uncles, and Esperanza's mother agrees to marry him. But the next day early in the morning, Esperanza and her mother run away to California to do field work. While working there, Esperanza learns what real life for Mexicans is like.      
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   lot of descript of crop raising

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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