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2005

The Circuit
by Francisco Jimenez

Synopsis:
The Circuit” is a collection of twelve short stories presented from the perspective of a young boy, in which the author narrates his childhood experiences growing up in a family of Mexican migrant farm workers.

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Breaking Through
by Francisco Jimenez

Synopsis:
Breaking Through” begins when Francisco Jimenez at 14, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home, the entire family travels all night for twenty Hours.html by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, 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.html of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their kindheartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jimenez finishes telling the story of his youth.

 
 

La Mariposa
by Francisco Jimenez

Synopsis:
In “La Mariposa,” because he can only speak Spanish, Francisco, son of a migrant worker, has trouble when he begins first grade, but his fascination with the caterpillar in the classroom helps him begin to fit in.

 
 

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