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The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

The Circuit (edition 1997)

by Francisco Jimenez

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Title:The Circuit
Authors:Francisco Jimenez (Author)
Info:University of New Mexico Press
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Tags:Immigration, migrant workers, moving, family

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Autobiography of Francisco Jiminez. The text includes some Spanish terms. Written at a 6-8 grade level.
  bflanagan | Jul 12, 2015 |
This is a young adult book telling the story of the difficulty of illegal immigrants who find a way to come across the border into California. Based on the authors early life, the story is told from the young boys perspective.

It is heartbreaking and sad to think that this family had hoped for a better life when they fled their home land. Instead, what occurred was grinding poverty as the family continually moved from one farm to another seeking work. Paid .03 per pound of backbreaking work picking cotton, they barely eeked out a living.

When roaming for work, the children obtained an irregular time for education. Continually on the lookout for immigration officers who would readily transport them back to Mexico, they lived in fear. As the family expanded increasingly with more and more children, and a father with severe back issues, it became more and more difficult.

This accurate depiction is very heart breaking, but worth the read! ( )
  Whisper1 | Apr 25, 2015 |
The Circuit, was a book about a migrant family. I think I would have enjoyed this book more, if the chapters had a better transition. A chapter would end at one point in time, then all of the sudden in the next chapter they would be in a new place, and a new sibling had been born. This made me feel like I was missing something and needed to reread the last few pages. The entire book there is hope that the family will be able to make enough money and that the children can learn English and then be able to succeed in America. The family moves to find work and money, the children get sick, but recover. There seems to be endless hope, but the last chapter the family is caught and the story just ends. You do not know if the family is together, if they survive, nothing. I would have not like to have been seeing hope with this family if there was none all along. The big message in this book, is that family is the most important. The reason this family came to America was for better opportunity. They needed work and an education. Throughout the entire novel, the family stuck together to make each other’s lives better. ( )
  AudreyLast | Apr 19, 2015 |
This multicultural non-fiction book is about a family who flees Mexico to find work in the United States. Their family crosses the border late one night and makes it to a labor camp. Throughout the book the family struggles to find work which forces them to move frequently. The children struggle to stay in school because they have to help their father work in the fields and they are constantly moving. The children struggle to learn English in school and are held back in first grade. They also struggle with making friends because of the frequent moves. Overall, poverty and learning English are the two most prominent struggles for the family in this book. ( )
  ebecker13 | Apr 13, 2015 |
This autobiography is about Francisco Jimenez's immigration into the United States. It goes through all of his struggles of the American schooling system, finding work and constantly moving. He is in poverty and his family faces many challenges, such as sickness or housing. They are constantly hiding from the "migra", until one day, the "migra" show up at school and take Francisco away. ( )
  BayleeWestrick | Apr 13, 2015 |
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To my parents and my seven sisters and brothers:


Evangelina/ Yerman;

Maria Luisa/Licha;


Jose Francisco/Trampita;

Juan Manuel/Torito;

and Ruben/Carne Seca
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We left the station. Papa carried our dark brown suitcase. We followed behind him until we reached a barbed wire fence. According to Papa, this was la frontera. He pointed out that across the gray wire barricade was California, that famous place I'd heard so much about. On both sides of the fence were armed guards dressed in green uniforms. Papa called them la migra, and explained that we had to cross the fence to the other side without being seen by them.
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After dark in a Mexican border town, a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through.

So begins life in the United States for many people every day. And so begins this collection of twelve autobiographical stories by Santa Clara University professor Francisco Jim�nez, who at the age of four illegally crossed the border with his family in 1947.

"The Circuit," the story of young Panchito and his trumpet, is one of the most widely anthologized stories in Chicano literature. At long last, Jim�nez offers more about the wise, sensitive little boy who has grown into a role model for subsequent generations of immigrants.

These independent but intertwined stories follow the family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots--and back agai--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.

"A jewel of a book"--Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

"These stories are so realistic they choke the heart."--Rudolfo Anaya

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[In this novel], 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 off four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endues. -Back cover.… (more)

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