Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan
I greatly enjoyed this coming of age story. Esperanza faced much bigger struggles than most teenage girls do as they come of age, but the character did not take them in stride, she worked hard, struggled not to give up, and really matured though out the novel. My only complaint would be not getting to learn a little more about her relationship with Miguel. The author hints toward a romantic relationship from the get go but never delivers on where the two will end up in relation to one another. :(