Ashley's Booklist

The Circuit - Francisco Jimenez

    In The Circuit I believe that the author, Francisco Jimenez, wants the readers to learn that there are people who come to America and immigrate from other countries that try to create a better life for their family. He also wants the readers to recognize all the hard work that the migrant families  have to endure to provide for their family. The author states, "Why did I write these stories? I wrote them to chronicle part of my family's history but, more importantly, to voice the experiences of a large sector of our society that has been frequently ignored. Through my writing I hope to give readers an insight into the lives of migrant farm workers and their children whose back-breaking labor of picking fruits and vegetables puts food on our tables. Their courage and struggles, hopes and dreams for a better life for their children and their children's children give meaning to the term "American dream". Their story is the American story."

    I can most relate to Francisco because of the time when he was at school he made a lot of friends, but then had to move away to another place and he was left devastated because he was leaving a best friend behind. When I was little I experienced a similar thing when my best friend Ryan moved away. Ryan, my sisters, and I were the best of friends and we were all very sad when he moved.

    I decided that I started liking the book in the beginning when Francisco started picking cotton so he wouldn't be left out of the picking and, also so he could tribute to helping his family. It really brought attention to my eye because Francisco, at such a young age, trying to help his family even though he was told he was to young and he still wanted to help.