Middler Books and More

This blog contains Bruce DuBoff's book reviews, info on other media, and related topics. It is a collaboration between the librarian and both the students of Pennsauken Intermediate School and Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken, NJ, and the general middler book reading community. The books featured here are appropriate for grades 5-8, though not all books reviewed here are appropriate for all of those ages.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Tina N.
Title of Book: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Number of pages: 262

Main Characters: Esperanza, her mom, Miguel, and Isabel

What was the basic situation of the book: Esperanza’s mom is getting sick and needs comfort! Esperanza must find a way to help her mother get well.

Name 3 events that took place leading up to the climax: First, Esperanza’s birthday came and her father dies. Second, her uncles are planning to take over the farm and their fortune. Third, they are forces to move to California to work!

What was the major conflict of the story and was it internal or external? The major conflict was when mama had a chance to married Tio (Esperanza’s uncle) to save the farm. The story was external!

Explain the climax of the book and the resolution: The climax was when mama had a problem with her lungs and Esperanza started to worry much. So Esperanza started to work for money. She wanted to see her grandmother. The resolution is that they got her grandmother and mama got well.


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