Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez

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From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education.
     During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.

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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 September 7, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 213 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Young Adult, Education & Reference, Children's Books, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Gr 7 Up—Francisco Jiménez's third book (2008), a Pura Belpré Honor book, is about his life and struggles as an immigrant and the son of a poor migrant Mexican American family. His other autobiographies—The Circuit (1999) and Breaking Through (2001, all Houghton Mifflin), tells the story of his c

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