I have read four of Pam Munoz Ryan's books, and Esperanza Rising is by far my favorite of them. Esperanza comes from a life of luxury and privilege, living on a ranch in Mexico with her parents, grandmother and servants. Then tragedy strikes and Esperanza and her mother have to go to America to find work and build a new life. This book is amazing. I admire Pam Munoz Ryan because she is a brilliant writer, and I recommend you read Esperanza Rising. If you have read Esperanza Rising and liked it, I recommend you read Riding Freedom, and Becoming Naomi Leon, both of which I have read.