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Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez
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Jan 23, 10

bookshelves: character, read-in-2010, story, teen-multicultural, teen-realistic
Read in January, 2010

The (second of three) autobiographical story of Francisco Jimenez about his family crossing the border illegally from Mexico to California when he was 4, getting deported at 14, and returning to California for the end of junior high and high school. The Circuit is about his younger years, this book is about his middle school and high school years, and Reaching Out is about his college years. Set in the 1950s and 1960s. While sometimes the dialogue and writing felt a little stilted and his 14-year-old self a little too perfect, the story was a great story of immigration and struggle and working hard to overcome barriers.
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