Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

December 14th, 2015 by

Echo Pam Munoz RyanSubmitted by Trey, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This great book is called Echo in this book Fridrich is hiding from Hitler .Hitler thinks Fridrich is Jewish so he puts Fridrich’s dad into the hard labor camp so Fridrich is all alone trying to get him back.

Esperanza Rising: Book Review

October 11th, 2015 by

esperanza-risingIn only a few days, Hispanic Heritage Month will come to an end. (Why is it 9/15-10/15 instead of an actual calendar month? I don’t know. Just go with it…) Before it’s over, I want to recommend an amazing novel that will give you a peek into the lives of Mexican immigrants during the Great Depression: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Full disclosure: I used to work at the company that published this book, and I contributed to a website with activities and materials about the book. But I would have loved Esperanza Rising regardless of how I discovered it! The story is full of twists and the characters are really believable, and it transports you to another time and place that you may not know much about:

Esperanza lives with her loving and wealthy family in Mexico. But tragically, her father is killed by bandits one night. Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee to California, where they must start over with nothing. They find a home with a camp of migrant workers, and Esperanza’s mom immediately takes on hard labor in order to make ends meet. But it’s harder for Esperanza to forget the past and the comfortable lifestyle she was used to in Mexico.

Luckily, Esperanza has a friend in Miguel, whose family moved from Mexico to the U.S. with Esperanza and her mother. But not everyone at the camp is a fan of Esperanza’s. And then things get even worse — and it’s up to Esperanza to keep herself and her mother safe, plus earn enough money to bring her grandmother to join them from Mexico.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you will love this book. But even if not, I think you’ll find it a fascinating and enjoyable read. Plus, I should mention there’s a little bit of romance too, if you’re into that!

Want to check out an excerpt from Esperanza Rising? You can do that at that website I used to work on!

Have you read Esperanza Rising or any of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s other books? Are you reading something else for Hispanic Heritage Month? Leave a comment and let us know!

— Karen

Esperanza means “hope” in Spanish. Karen’s name means “the pure one” and originates from the name Katherine!

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Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

December 15th, 2014 by

Riding Freedom Pam Munoz RyanSubmitted by Karen, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Have you ever been thinking of escaping an orphanige?

Charlotte is a girl but she changed her self like she is a boy. Charlotte was sleeping in a farm she woke up and found someone standing over her but that person was holding a pitchfork. Was he going to kill her? Charlotte changed her self into a boy beacuse she wants to see her friend that was adopted from the orphanige so she escaped from the orphanige to find him. Find out more by reading Riding Freedom!

Flan de Almendra (Almond Flan)

February 27th, 2010 by

If you ask me, this food fight doesn’t seem very fair. My selection was inspired by the soulful and heartstrings-tugging Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, but meanwhile, Karen picked a recipe that’s been used as a magical projectile weapon. @_@ (That’s my look of worry and shock.)

But there’s no use in worrying now when there’s almond flan to be made! You know what would cheer you and me up?  Saying the word “flan.”  Flan, flan, flan! Shout it with me! Fuuuuuuh-laaaaaaaaan!!!

Click on my photos to see my step-by-step flan formation:

To continue having flan fun, grab your parent and see if you can do this recipe justice:

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Kidsmomo Podcast #9: “Hit the Road, Jack!”

October 27th, 2009 by

I call shotgun!

That’s right, it’s time for a little road trip with Kidsmomo! Okay, fine, we’re not actually going anywhere. But our latest podcast is all about books featuring road trips. PLUS, Nancy’s most embarrassing road trip memory and Karen’s worst puns yet!

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  • Our mystery book characters want to see Plymouth, Karen wants to see leaves, and Nancy doesn’t want anyone to see her face
  • Our road trip lit picks (Walk Two Moons and Becoming Naomi Leon)
  • A kid-submitted book rec (Call Me Hope)
  • PUNS!

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is spooky and supernatural books! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these creepy books perfect for Halloween or any time you want a good scare.

— Nancy and Karen