Wonderful story, so well told, and just unique. Esperanza's story, of a girl who goes from a pampered wealthy rancher's daughter in Mexico to a field worker who lives in a camp in California, is not something we've read before (at least, not in this YA format). The whole tale - and it does seem sort of fairy-tale-esque - flows so smoothly that I think this book would be great for even the most reluctant of readers. Esperanza is a FABULOUS heroine, even though she makes mistakes, and misjudges things, and has to face circumstances that many contemporary readers might not understand: she's just so relate-able and her story is inspiring. Finding out that the story was based on the author's grandmother's experiences migrating to California during the Great Depression, just made the whole thing that much more impressive. Loved it.