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At the age of 14, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother, Roberto, and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home, the entire family travels all night for 20 hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice.

How they sustain their hope, their goodheartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.

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  • Wade
  • Modesto, CA
  • 11-02-17

Continues The Life Of The Author

Great continuation of The Circuit. Interesting and engaging story especially for YA to learn how different groups of people have and continue to live in the US. The narrator is great and brings the great characters to life.

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Amazing story. Worth reading

Finished the book in one day. Could not put it down. It is a very easy read but the story is so amazing and inspirational I have no words to express. I simply loved it.

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great book.

loved it. I shared it with class of sixth graders who loved it too!

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Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Through to be better than the print version?

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This is a wonderful story about the strong family values and work ethic of Mexican migrants. It brought back memories of grade school friends sorely missed when they had to move on with their family to the next field job. I still wonder about them and wish I could find them. This book is set in the 1960s and the struggles and racism this family experienced, while appalling, seem almost quaint compared to the experience of migrants today. There were moments in the book when I was on the edge of my seat because I expected a very different outcome. In today’s world, if la migra had picked up Francisco they could have shipped him to Nogales without any notice to his parents and dumped him on the border, day or night. There would be no legal option for this family to return to the U.S. Their only option to return would be to risk their lives by illegally crossing the desert on foot. Hundreds die every year on that journey. Given that status, when Francisco’s father accidently sawed off his finger or when his infant sibling needed care, this family would have been extremely reluctant to seek medical help. Francisco might graduate from college with honors but he would never be allowed to actually teach in the U.S. I was touched by the many teachers, employers, and counselors who reached out to this family and am saddened that our society has become so mean spirited that we can’t make room for those who would make such good citizens and good neighbors. I hope that those who are using this text to teach will contrast this family’s experience with our current immigration policies. <br/><br/> <br/>

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Well Done!

Where does Breaking Through rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Narrator Adrian Vargas does a terrific job with this story! I really enjoyed his work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the way Francisco (Panchito) Jimenez tells his story with humor and humility.

Have you listened to any of Adrian Vargas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first by Mr. Vargas.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story is told with humor and Mr. Vargas brought out the lightheartedness of many situations in the plot. It certainly made me laugh.

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I have read the novel several times (I teach it in my reading class). I was worried that an audio would not capture the emotions in the book, but my worries were completely unnecessary. Mr. Vargas does a wonderful job of bringing life to this fabulous story.

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  • LaBranda
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 11-17-11

I LOVED it!!!

My 9th grade intensive reading students enjoyed the reading. I also like the fluency of the reading and the expression of the reader. I ordered 2 more audio books for next quarter!