In this Pura Belpr Honor-winning memoir, sequel to bestsellingThe Circuit, Francisco Jimenez tells histimely story about immigrant prejudice, keeping hope alive when there is none and his family's journey to achieving their American dream. At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jim nez, 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 Belpr Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jim nez finishes telling the story of his youth.
Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Size: 6.90h x 4.90w x 0.60d
Review Citations: Kliatt 01/01/2003 pg. 27
Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 54159 / Breaking Through
Reading Level: 5.3 / Interest Level: Middle Grade / Point Value: 7