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Circuit : Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Hardcover) (Francisco Jimenez)
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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.
These independent but 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 of four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endures.
Number of Pages: 116
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Biography + Autobiography / General
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Francisco Jimenez
Street Date: October 25, 1999
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-0161
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