Study Guide

Esperanza Rising Characters

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Ortega

We feel like we really get Esperanza. Sure, this thirteen-year old experiences more drama and...

Miguel

Confession: we have a big crush on Miguel. (Don't tell Esperanza. Did you see how mad she looked...

Abuelita

We're pretty sure this lady speaks only in proverbs. Esperanza's grandma is just full of wise...

Mama (Ramona Ortega)

Mama is a vision of loveliness. Check out "her way of walking into a room, graceful and regal"...

Marta

Marta is a political firecracker. She's just a kid, maybe sixteen or seventeen, but this girl has...

Papa (Sixto Ortega)

Papa isn't like other wealthy landowners in Mexico. Sure, he's rich, but he's not greedy. He...

Isabel

Next to her stood a girl about eight years old, wearing a dress that was too big and shoes with...

Tío Luis and Tío Marco

Tío Luis and Tío Marco are the big, bad wolves of this story. Well, according to...

Minor Characters

Most of what we know of Esperanza's life goes down in California. But that doesn't mean we can...