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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
Contributor(s): Jiménez, Francisco (Author)

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ISBN: 0826317979     ISBN-13: 9780826317971
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 1997

Annotation: A collection of 12 short stories presented from the perspective of a young boy, in which the author narrates his childhood experiences growing up in a family of Mexican migrant farm workers.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
- Juvenile Fiction | Short Stories
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 97004844
Age Level: 10-13
Grade Level: 5-8
Lexile Measure: 880(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 4.8" W x 7" (0.30 lbs) 146 pages
- Cultural Region - Western U.S.
- Cultural Region - West Coast
- Ethnic Orientation - Chicano
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
- Geographic Orientation - California
Features: Ikids
Awards: Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2001
Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature, Winner, Fiction, 1997
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, Winner, Fiction or Poetry, 1998
Review Citations: Booklist 12/01/1997 pg. 619
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/1998 pg. 734
ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/1999 pg. 1301
ALA Recmd for Reluctant YA's 01/01/2000 pg. 1362
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 2485
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

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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