Senderos fronterizos (Breaking Through)

Senderos fronterizos (Breaking Through)

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by Francisco Jimenez, Francisco Jimtnez

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Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jimenez finishes telling the story of his youth in this moving sequel to The Circuit.


Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jimenez finishes telling the story of his youth in this moving sequel to The Circuit.

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Gr 5-8-These two books together offer first-hand accounts of life as a migrant worker in the United States in the 1950s. Jim nez uses his own biographical details and family stories to paint an intimate and, at times, nostalgic picture of his family's struggles to survive as undocumented workers in California. Although his tone is often sentimental, the author does not attempt to gloss over the daily struggles with hunger, poverty, homelessness, and hard work. The family survives from season to season by following the crops up and down the California coast, living in tent cities and shacks, avoiding la migra ("immigration authorities") and, throughout it all, finding a way to send the children to school. Jim nez presents his story in the first person as seen through a child's eyes, which lends an undeniable authenticity to the anecdotes. Originally published in English in 1997, sections of Cajas de carton have also appeared in periodical publications. The second book, first published in English in 2001, picks up the narrative as Panchito is getting ready for high school but first has to deal with the deportation of his entire family. From these dire beginnings, the story goes on to chronicle the success of the author as he timidly ventures beyond his social sphere, becomes the senior class president, and eventually earns a college scholarship. Both texts have been ably translated by the author. Named a Pura Belpr honor book, both Senderos fronterizos and its prequel belong in every library serving Mexican American populations. The straightforward narrative lends itself to classroom use as well as to independent reading, and it will appeal to adult readers as well as middle-schoolers.
—Maria Otero-Boisvert, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Spanish-language Edition
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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of his newest novel, Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, and La Mariposa. He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.

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Senderos fronterizos (Breaking Through) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a wonderful book because it shows what most immigrant go through not just back then but know days
Guest More than 1 year ago
Si me gusta lo que dice por que este libro ase motivar a los jóvenes en sus estudios, y también me gusta por lo que trata es un libro interesante. Jiménez es una persona en verdad interesante Jiménez era una persona muy inteligente lo que casi no me gusto fue que su padre de Jiménez casi no los dejaba salir mucho, pero gracias a esto Jiménez logro ser alguien en la vida y este libro se lo recomiendo a jóvenes de escuela media como también a personas adultas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo pienso que este libro es muy bonito por que contiene muchas cosas enteresantes sobre el autor Francisco Jimenez. El cuenta todo lo que sufrio en los Estados Unidos con su familia todo por superar la pobresa que allos tenian en mexico, tambien cuenta como sufrio en la prontera.