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Jimenez, Francisco
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 0395979021

Francisco was 4 years old back in the 1940's when he first heard about La frontera.  His father said that one day the family would take a long trip north and cross La frontera and enter California.  They would then be able to leave the life of poverty behind.  A person could make a future for himself in California.  When the day came for the family to leave, Francisco was very excited but not sure what to expect.  The family traveled on a train until they were close to the border.  They then traveled on foot through the night.  Picked up by a stranger in a truck, the family was driven to farm and told this is where they would work.  What follows is years of moving and working.  Life is not easy for a migrant worker.  The hours are long and the pay is minimal.  And the families must move often to follow the crops.  Each time Francisco gets settled in school and begins to make friends, it is time for the family to pack up all their belongings in a cardboard box and move on.  Francisco tells the story of growing up as a migrant worker through the eyes of a child.  This story is based on the author's own childhood.

SUBJECTS:     Mexican Americans -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
                        Migrant labor -- Fiction.
                        Mexican American families -- Fiction.
                       California -- Fiction.


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