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Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez
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Dec 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, engl-420, memoirs

Breaking Through is Francisco (Pancho) Jiménez's autobiographical story about his and his family's struggles after immigrating to the United States. This is the second book in a three-part series, and it focuses on Pancho's junior high and high school experiences.

This book was a lot more positive, hopeful, and inspiring than I was expecting it to be, though that doesn't mean that Pancho's life growing up was not difficult. It was nice reading about someone getting lucky enough that their hard work paid off, even though the cards were stacked against them.

I appreciated that this story was not overly didactic. I also appreciated that Pancho did not necessarily view the Mexicans as "good" and the Whites as "bad." Rather, each person in the story has bits of good and evil in them—it doesn't really matter what their race is. I hope that this story will make me more empathetic to any immigrants I have in my classroom, and aware of some of the struggles they may be facing.

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