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Gr. 6^-9. Ryan's clear, poetic language is, unfortunately, lost in Molinero's formal Spanish rendition that lacks the lyricism of the original. Nonetheless, Spanish-speaking readers will be touched by the poignancy in the lives of 13-year-old Esperanza and her mother, who are forced to leave their wealthy ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and move to a life of poverty and hard work in a farm labor camp in Southern California.