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At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.

About the Author

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his masters degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of his newest novel, Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, and La Mariposa. He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.

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Donna Reiner, August 16, 2009 (view all comments by Donna Reiner)
Although labeled as children's/youth literature, I've recommended it to a number of my adult friends and to teachers who work with migrant children. I suppose the most interesting aspect of this story for me was learning more about the author. For I remember him in high school (he was two years ahead of me), and I knew all the characters in the story. However, I've wondered how many of Francisco's classmates knew what was truly going on in his life. My mother worked as a school nurse and occasionally made site visits to check on the welfare of some of those migrant children, but a number of years after this story took place.

Reading this strengthens my belief in why those who are brought to this country as small children and educated in our school system are Americanized. They know no other place. This is their home and they do actively participate in the American system. They should not be penalized for the fact that their parents wanted a better life.
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evee5745, December 23, 2008 (view all comments by evee5745)
this book i never readed but i really like the book "the circuit"but our whole class readed it,all i want for christmas is that book break through so god premitts that a good person will donate 31 books to our school Peter burnette acadmy,an IB learning school cause i know what francisco went through but every one in our class like the chapter "death forgiven"cause that whole chapter was like what happen to the once or twice in there lives so hear me out i love "the circuit"so i hope i get the book"break through"
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asohiii, November 14, 2008 (view all comments by asohiii)
read the other book , The Circuit in my Language Arts Class. It was really good... I would recomend this!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618342488
Author:
Jimenez, Francisco
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
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Jim
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Agricultural laborers
Subject:
California
Subject:
Childrens classics
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.56 in 0.36 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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"Synopsis" by , At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.
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