Breaking Through

by Francisco Jimenez

BREAKING THROUGH continues to follow the life of Frankie Jimenez into his teen

years in the 1950s. His early life is described in The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Breaking Through picks ups when Frankie and his family have been in the US for a number of years. One day immigration officials capture the family and send them back to Mexico. The family has to work to achieve immigration status so they can legally return to California. But the father has no work and back trouble, so only 14-year-old Frankie and his older brother are sent on back to the US. Follow Frankie and his family as they reunite, find jobs, attend school, and face poverty and prejudice. Jimenez shows the reader the world of the 1950s and 1960s through Frankie’s eyes and the usual problems young adults encounter. Does Frankie succeed? If you like this memoir, you may enjoy Reaching Out, which continues Frankie’s story of struggle in the US. - Mary Boyd (Retired librarian - IISD)

Breaking Through Trailer


breakingthroughproject, . "Breaking Through Trailer." YouTube. N.p., 7 Feb. 2012. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. <>.

"Francisco Jimenez at Biblioteca." Flickr. San Jose Library, 14 Oct. 2009. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. <>. [cropped]