The Circuit

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 25, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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"'La frontera'...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind." So begins this honest and powerful account of a family's journey to the fields of California -- to a life of constant moving, from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from tent cities to one-room shacks, from picking grapes to topping carrots and thinning lettuce. Seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for an education and the right to call one palce home, this is a story of survival, faith, and hope. It is a journey that will open readers' hearts and minds.
 

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This book is a rich story told by the eyes of a migrant child during 1947 who crossed the Mexican border illegally. This boy shares the struggles illegal farm workers go through in order to survive. Seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for an education and a place to call home, this is a story of survival, faith, and hope. It is a journey that will open readers' hearts and minds. The setting even though it happened so long ago, you can imagine the many places they had to live at. The ending will leave you wanting more. 

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One of the most amazing books I have ever read.

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Contents

Under the Wire
1
Soledad
8
Inside Out
12
Miracle in Tent City
22
El Angel de Oro
36
Christmas Gift
42
Death Forgiven
47
Cotton Sack
51
Learning the Game
70
To Have and to Hold
80
Moving Still
94
A Note from the Author
112
Back Flap
117
Back Cover
118
Spine
119
Copyright

The Circuit
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About the author (1999)

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 is also the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award. He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.