The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

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"'La frontera' ... I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind." So begins this honest and powerful account of a family's journey to the fields of California -- to a life of constant moving, from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from tent cities to one-room shacks, from picking grapes to topping carrots and thinning lettuce. Seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for an education and the right to call one palce home, this is a story of survival, faith, and hope. It is a journey that will open readers' hearts and minds.

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 25, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 133 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction

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