Reaching Out (The Circuit #3) (Paperback)

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Reaching Out (The Circuit #3) By Francisco Jiménez Cover Image


The third book in Francisco Jiménez's powerful and acclaimed memoirs about his childhood and adolescence as the son of Mexican immigrants in California.

“In this eloquent, transfixing account, Jiménez again achieves a masterful addition to the literature of the memoir.” —Smithsonian Magazine

Leaving his home in Bonetti Ranch, a migrant community of dilapidated army barracks with no indoor plumbing or drinkable water, Francisco Jiménez sets off for college. He leaves behind a family struggling to pay for food and rent, and a desperate, broken father.

Carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice with him, he enters a world entirely different from his own. Yet as he types other students’ papers in exchange for clothing, as he studies hard, as he meets with unexpected kindness, he uses those memories of struggle to see his way forward. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.

“Rooted in the past, Jiménez’s story is also about the continuing struggle to make it in America, not only for immigrant kids but also for those in poor families. Never melodramatic or self-important, the spare episodes will draw readers with the quiet daily detail of work, anger, sorrow, and hope.” —Booklist (starred review)

“No one who reads these life stories will forget them. Jiménez reaches out to let us walk in his shoes, feel his pain and pride, joy and sorrow, regrets and hope.” —Sacramento Bee

“Brings to the forefront the daily trials of poor immigrant families. Compelling and honest.” —School Library Journal

has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature.

Francisco Jiménez's four-book autobiography has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time and has been recognized with awards including the Américas Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, and the Tomás Rivera Book Award.

  • The Circuit
  • Breaking Through
  • Reaching Out
  • Taking Hold

About the Author

Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now the chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of his newest novel, Reaching Out. He is the Pura Belpre Honor winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, and La Mariposa. He is also the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award. He lives with his family in Santa Clara, California.

Praise For…

"[Jimenez] does a thorough job . . . of describing the difficulties, such as feeling unprepared and disadvantaged when compared to others, that some first-generation college students face . . . There are several kind-hearted mentors and benefactors . . . These gestures of kindness offer readers hope. This book is recommended for the library that already has the first two books on its shelf."--VOYA (3Q3P) "No one who reads these life stories will forget them. Jiménez reaches out to let us walk in his shoes, feel his pain and pride, joy and sorrow, regrets and hope. All three books should be required reading for Californians. Students of Mexican heritage will see themselves. The rest of us will better understand what it takes to make this journey. And we'll all be hanging on for the next book."--Sacramento Bee, Living Here section (pg. D3) "In this eloquent, transfixing account, Jimenez again achieves a masterful addition to the literature of the memoir."--Smithsonian Magazine, Best Books of the Year 2008 —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547250304
ISBN-10: 0547250304
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 7th, 2009
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: The Circuit