Breaking Through

Breaking Through

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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, 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, 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 goodheartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780618342488
0618342486
9780618011735
0618011730
Call Number: j JIMENEZ
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 19 cm

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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, 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 ... Read More »


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Breaking Through is a stunning autobiography of the childhood of Francisco Jiménez. Life is tough for his Mexican family as many of the members, including him, are illegal immigrants. Despite his poor upbringing, Jiménez has a dream: pursue a higher education. The journey to achieve this goal, however, is not easy. The physical and psychological obstacles he has to overcome are arduous issues that no child should ever face. During the multiple crises that Jiménez faces in the novel, both his mental stamina and his morals are put to the test. Overall, this is an inspiring read that shines a light upon the struggles of Mexican children like Jiménez that hope to attain a better life.

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