The Circuit

Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547377207
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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.

The Circuit

Author: Francisco Jimenez
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781439569696
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Offers a look at a migrant family, detailing their daily life and the struggles they endured to build an existence on the small opportunities they were given

Breaking Through

Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618342488
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

Reaching Out

Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547529530
Format: PDF
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From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.

Taking Hold

Author: Francisco Jimenez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547632304
Format: PDF, ePub
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Traces the author's education at Columbia University, where he struggled with cultural differences and a changing sense of identity.

Field Mice

Author: Emma Gonzalez
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781507797198
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Emma's memories from age 5 to 15 allow us to share the ups and downs, the joys, the sadness, of the migrant life in the U.S. in late 1950s and 60s, through the eyes of a child. Her gifted use of imagery allows us to experience snippets of her life. Her later in life writing career was inspired by the Blessed Mother Teresa who guided her to write. American born Emma Gonzalez was trapped in the nomadic lifestyle which spiraled downward economically during those ten years. She was dragged from Ovid, Colorado to Texas. Ironically, her stability was in Ovid where her teachers, classmates, and the town "adopted" this lost migrant kid. Moving was a way of life for her naturalized migrant American family. Emma tells in short, vivid vignettes of her struggles to overcome the pressures to keep her as insignificant as the field mice she played with to persevere, educate herself, to succeed in multiple business ventures, finally discovering her calling in the criminal justice system advocating and assisting victims of crime. The only child of the later in life marriage, decades younger than her half siblings, Emma was an after thought, an encumbrance, something to be left at the edge of the field all day and picked up they went home. Yet, Emma had hope, symbolized by the wearing of her pearls, she focusing on a better life. She learned "your family doesn't provide a better life for you; you have to go out and make it yourself." These vignettes illustrate her strength of character, her determination for HER life. She used the family's Green Stamps, not for toys nor games, but for books. From these books she learned about other countries that were far beyond her reach. A whole world existed beyond the migrant life. She developed a sense of adventure and now loves to travel to these far off places. Emma's joy in her life is her husband and family. IN HER NEXT BOOK, "PATHS OF PEARLS," Emma writes about her life after migrating. From age 15 she struggled to shoulder the financial burdens after her father's death, to support her mother and herself, while pursuing her education. After 50 years, she travelled to Ovid, Colorado to revisit her childhood places and reunited with childhood friends and neighbors. She will share stories of other migrant children that overcame similar obstacles.

The Christmas Gift

Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547529806
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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With honesty and grace, award-winning author Francisco Jiménez shares his most poignant Christmas memory in this beautifully illustrated picture book. As Christmas approaches, Panchito can’t wait to see what present he gets. But on Christmas Day, he is disappointed when all he gets is a bag of candy, until he sees the gift his father gives his mother. Panchito then realizes that gifts of the heart are the most precious of all.

California Blue

Author: David Klass
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780590466899
Format: PDF, ePub
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When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new subspecies of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father works, they find themselves on opposite sides of the environmental conflict.

Star in the Forest

Author: Laura Resau
Publisher: Yearling Books
ISBN: 037585410X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This enchanting novel from an award-winning author targets an underserved but growing population: the children of illegal immigrants. O[An] unforgettable narrative of a girl's daily struggle to find a home.O--"Booklist, " starred review.