This book has six things (off the top of my head) in common with Esperanza Rising, that I just read and reviewed.
1. it's more middle reader fiction than young adult fiction
2. thus it is a short, easy read (under 150 pages for this one)
3. there is a picture of a young girl on the cover, sort of dancing
4. the main character is said young girl
5. it's won an award (this one a Newbury... the most coveted award for YA books)
6. it takes place in the California desert and has a dust storm