Wendy commented on how often the book I'm "Currently Reading" changes in my sidebar. My secret, I often read young adult or early reader books that can be knocked off in a day. That, or I go through dry spells, like most of the latter half of last year, when I hardly read it all, and then all of a sudden every book out there has attracted my attention and I can't wait to read them all. So, this is the fourth book I've read this year. And the third book report I've posted today. But I didn't finish all of these books today. I finished one yesterday, one over the weekend, and yes, this one today. But it was only 262 pages!
What first attracted me to this book? The cover. I choose a lot of what I read based on the cover art. So, note to all of you future authors out there (or current authors with crap cover art), you can judge a book by its cover.
Esperanza Rising is based on the grandmother of the author. It is about a girl, growing up wealthy and privileged in Aguascalientes, Mexico in the 1920s, who, after her father's death is forced to leave Mexico with her mother. They arrive in California to work at a Mexican farm labor camp just as workers are threatening to strike, and the "Okies" are showing up, looking for work during the Great Depression.
Esperanza learns a lot, grows a lot and it is all so much sweeter because you know that a long time ago, there was a young girl, very much like Esperanza living this story. She grew up and told little stories here and there to her granddaughter, and now we have this book. It isn't just a coming of age story, but a history lesson about my home state and the farm camps of the 1930s that I don't recall ever having a real history lesson about.