Meet the Author of Esperanza Rising
by Stephanie Papageorgis
Play this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive interview with award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan for your students to get an inside look into the creation of the historical-fiction modern classic Esperanza Rising.
When you read Esperanza Rising, it’s easy to tell that the author has an intimate knowledge of the source material. What you may not know is that Pam Muñoz Ryan’s grandmother inspired a lot of the story.
We sat down with Pam in our Scholastic Book Clubs offices in New York City, sipped some delicious agua de jamaica (a classic Mexican drink, hibiscus iced tea!), and chatted with her about her bestselling novel, which won the American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Award.
In the interview, we learn:
• The character whom Pam relates to most
• The personal inspiration behind Esperanza Rising
• The biggest takeaway Pam hopes every child gets from her book
Go behind the scenes of the creation of Esperanza Rising and get students excited to read this unforgettable coming-of-age story!
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Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel Echo, as well as the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.
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