Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

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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 Francisco Jimenez

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Francisco Jim-nez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, La Mariposa, and his newest novel, Reaching Out. He lives in Santa Clara, California, with his family.
Published October 1, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 213 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Francisco Jiminez continues the moving tale of his early youth begun with a dozen autobiographical short stories in The Circuit.

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