The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

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by Francisco Jimenez
     
 

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These independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family of four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the… See more details below

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These independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family of four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endures. Awards:
Winner of the 1997 John and Patricia Beatty Award from the California Library Association.
Winner of the 1997 Americas Award.
Selected title for the 1997 Booklist Editors' Choice
Winner of the 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Landsman
The stories in this book build on each other beautifully. . . Without sentimentality or melodrama, but rather with the simple power and grace of a fine storyteller, Jimenez is able to convince us of the narrator's authenticity, his good-heartedness, and the good-heartedness of his family. . . This book challenges us as readers, whether eleven or fifty. . . In The Circuit, Jimenez has taken us inside a way of life, in all its sweetness and all its sorrow. It is a valuable book for young people, both for its artistic value and for the issues it illuminates. -- Riverbank Review
MultiCultural Review
. . . [a] moving book . . . The Circuit beautifully captures the rhythms of everyday life and the dreams and aspirations of a migrant family. Jim�nez writes credibly in the voice of his young protagonist. Pancho is a compelling and memorable character, at the emotional center of a book that will appeal to both adult and teenage readers.
Booklist
Jim�nez's exquisite autobiographical short story �The Circuit' is widely anthologized. . . . Like Steinbeck's classic Grapes of Wrath, Jim�nez's stories combine stark social realism with heartrending personal drama.
New Mexico Magazine
There are moments of wonder . . . Francisco Jim�nez is a master craftsman of words, with a simple yet crystalline style . . . The Circuit speaks intimately of migrant life in the western United States�a life that might be known by its politics or sociology but here is given a human face.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Steinbeck told this story from the point of view of the Okies and the Great Depression. This is the next generation of laborers, and Jim�nez tells his own story well through small incidents--the ever-growing family; the cotton rash from a young boy's first attempts at picking the merciless pods; and the refusal of most teachers to integrate Spanish speakers into the classroom. It was a tough life in the late forties and early fifties. The struggle stills goes on, and youngsters would do well to learn about it-and to know that Jim�nez himself pulled himself out of "the circuit" to reach that American dream. Houghton Mifflin's hardback version of Jim�nez's stories comes after the fact of honors already received. It's a handsome little book of memoirs describing the day to day life of a Mexican family reaching for the American good life through the only means possible to them--hard labor picking California's year-round crops.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Wendy Gelsanliter's pleasant album features ten original songs and four adapted traditional songs. The traditional songs include "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night," "Head and Shoulders," "Missy Mind Your Manners," and "Lazy Bones" (adapted from the spiritual, "Dem Dry Bones"). Among the original tunes are: a song about an "Itty Bitty Kitty in New York City" who clears the streets of rats; "Ants Wear Underpants," about dancing ants; "Lost and Found," about a child lost in a store; an ode to insects called "Butterfly Fly;" and the kidnapping of the alphabet by the outlaw letters "LMNOP." A gentle folk song style is used for most of the songs, with guitars and percussion as the primary background instrumentation. "The Morning Song" has a taste of calypso; "Pajamason" is an upbeat jazz song; and "LMNOP" has a minor country-western tune. Children will enjoy Gelsanliter's pleasant alto voice and singing along with these child-friendly tunes.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Readers of this book will gain insight into...the lives of immigrant families." Book Links November 2007 Book Links, ALA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883332716
Publisher:
Audio Bookshelf
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Unabridged, 3 CDs
Product dimensions:
6.79(w) x 6.44(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
11 - 16 Years

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"Readers of this book will gain insight into...the lives of immigrant families." Book Links November 2007 Book Links, ALA

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