07-11-2012 10:35 PM
I recommend you read this book i'm currently reading it's titled shot twice in the head but far from dead the story of a juvenile delinquent the events in this book are SO urban the author paints a perfect picture for each scenario I felt like I was there experiencing every moment with him i can't put this book down i can't wait to get to the part when he talks about surviving getting shot twice in the head OMG!!!
12-12-2012 10:00 PM
In Francisco Jimenez's The Circuit a young migrant child named Panchito leads a life of success and misfortune. Jimenez retells his own experiences as he narrates the live of Panchito and his family as they persevere through difficult times. Panchito begins his early life in El Rancho Blanco, Mexico. Like most in this small mexican town, Panchito and his family are extremely poor. Their struggle to survive leads to the decision to leave their home town to find better lifes in the United States. Once in the United States Panchito's family embrace work given, despite it's incredible toll it takes on the men in the family.
This story is quite compelling and speaks to the many tribulations of poverty. This story was written for young readers. Jimenez softens some of the realities of migrant workers in the late 40's.
It is evident that Jimenez uses his own experiences when writing The Circuit. As the reader follows the story of Panchito he or she experiences emotions that Jimenez most likely remembered.
This book is recommended for young readers ages 9-16 years. Jimenez has the ability to connect to teenagers because he uses teenage language as he tells the story of the young boy, Panchito.