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Reaching Out (2008)

Author: Francisco Jiménez Publisher: Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Number of pages: 208 pages

From the perspective of the young adult he once was, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faces when continuing his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allows Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family when his goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco copes with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again, his telling is honest and trueand inspiring.

ISBN 13: 978-0547250304
Reading Level (grade): 6.1
Reading Level (A-Z): W