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  Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Review by: Grace A.
Connecticut, Grade 7

That he could remember what happened to him when he was young.

Francisco Jimenez was only four years old when he, his father, his mother, and his older brother Roberto squeezed under a fence separating the USA with Mexico. From then on, he lived in fear that he would be caught by the immigration officers for entering the USA illegally. He claimed he was born in Colton, California so he wouldnít be turned in. He earned money for his family by picking strawberries and thinning lettuce in a migrant camp, where he lived with his mother, father, and Roberto, as well as his younger brothers Trampita, Torito, and Ruben, and his younger sister Rorro, all of which really were born in California. He loved to go to school, and his dream was to go to college, but money, time, and his Mexican heritage all stood in his way.
I thought this book was okay. It was pretty boring because there was no excitement except when he got sent back to Mexico for being an illegal immigrant. There was no climax, just a few instances when he was getting yelled at by his father. Though it was boring, it was very inspiring. There were many places when he wasnít allowed to do things because he was Mexican, but he kept hope and didnít give up.

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