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Mas alla de mi Reaching Out Spanish Edition [Kindle Edition]

Francisco Jiménez
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Al abandonar su hogar en Bonetti Ranch, una comunidad de trabajadores migrantes compuesta de dilapidadas barracas del ejército, sin agua potable ni instalaciones internas de plomería, Francisco Jiménez parte rumbo a la universidad. Deja atrás a una familia que lucha por pagar la comida y el alquiler, y a un padre abatido y desmoralizado. Lleva con él los recuerdos de muchos años viviendo bajo la pobreza y el prejuicio, y así se adentra en un mundo distinto al suyo.

Y no obstante, mientras mecanografía las tareas de otros estudiantes a cambio de ropa, mientras estudia con empeño y se encuentra con inesperadas ayudas, emplea esos mismos recuerdos de su lucha y su sufrimiento para abrirse paso hacia adelante. Una vez más, las honestas palabras de Francisco Jiménez abrirán los corazones y las mentes de los lectores.

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Grade 8 Up–In this touching memoir, the author relates how he and his family illegally immigrated to the United States and were later returned to Mexico. Not giving up, he and his older brother came back again, followed by their family; several years later they were granted legal residence. Through much sacrifice from all members of the family, Jiménez attended university, where he met people who encouraged him to go beyond an undergraduate degree. Despite facing financial, health, and other issues, the author shows what he was able to accomplish with the unity and undivided love of his family. Photographs add warmth to the book by putting faces to the characters for whom readers develop deep appreciation. A testament to a strong faith in God and in JiménezâÇÖs talent, written in a relaxed manner, this is a most uplifting read.–Narda McCarthy, Para Los Niños Consultant, Weston, FL
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2009 Pura Belpre Honor   
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009
"This sequel to The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), which covered Mexican-born Jimenez's childhood, takes Francisco through his college years at the University of Santa Clara. After long years working in California fields and living in labor camps, Francisco is the first in his family to attend college, and this volume is a tribute to all first-generation college students and the many people who made a difference in Francisco's own life. As he says to his family at graduation, "We all did it." It's a bittersweet story, though, as Francisco frequently feels guilty at the sacrifices made on his behalf, and even as he heads to Columbia University for graduate studies on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, he yearns for stability in his life and a place to call home. While the first two volumes felt as though they were collections of autobiographical short stories, this is a more linear and straightforward autobiographical novel, simply and eloquently told. An inspiring account of a remarkable journey." (July 15th, 2008) (Kirkus Reviews )

*"So now you think you're better than us because you are going to college!" Papa's raging depression intensifies young Jimenez's personal guilt and conflict in the 1960s. He is the first in his Mexican American migrant family to attend college in California. While at home, the family struggles with backbreaking work and lives without indoor plumbing; in college, Jimenez finds friends and mentors in class and at church, discovers the great literature in his native Spanish language, and joins Cesar Chavez in the drive to unionize farm workers. Like his landmark books The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), this sequel tells his personal story in clear, simple, self-contained chapters that join together in a stirring narrative. As he works many jobs to send something home, he is haunted by memories of his childhood spent laboring in the fields and cleaning offices, and in college, he tells no one that he was born in Mexico and is not an American citizen. Rooted in the past, Jimenez's story is also about the continuing struggle to make it in Ameica, not only for immigrant kids but also for those in poor families who struggle to break free. Never melodramatic or self-important, the spare episodes will draw readers with the quiet daily detail of work, anger, sorrow, and hope." (Booklist, starred review -Hazel Rochman )

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: Spanish
  • ASIN: B003ZUY0XA
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3rd Book July 30, 2010
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This is the 3rd book in a series about the true life of the author which starts after high school graduation. The first book started out with the author as a young boy. He and his family face incredible challenges in life's struggles through poverty, hunger, weather extremes, finding shelter, education, bullies, immigration, work ethics, and faith in God. After reading the first book, the students in my Spanish class all wanted to continue reading the next 2 books. Francisco Jimenez shares his family's stories about overcoming more than their share of negative situations. His life growing up was blessed because he had a mother who believed in him and encouraged him, but even with that positive influence, his life is a real miracle about overcoming odds stacked against him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography Part 2 June 25, 2010
I have read all three of the professor's books in their Spanish-language versions, and I have read each several times. As someone trying to learn Spanish, I find these books to be most useful. The vocabulary is practical, consisting of everyday words; the style and narrative are direct; the ideas and sentiments comprehensible and familiar. This book is a continuation of an autobiography that begins with the professor's previous book -- Senderos fronterizos. In that book, Professor Jiménez describes his family's illegal entry into the U.S. and the difficult years of poverty in California, where his family labored as agricultural workers. In Senderos, we watch the family struggle to make ends meet. We watch Francisco and his older brother Roberto struggle to put themselves through high school. It's the sort of immigrant story that every American can understand and enjoy. Francisco and his siblings adapt to their new environment (while the father does not), and Francisco wins admission to university. In this second volume of the story, Francisco leaves his family in Santa Maria and goes to college. The reader admires Francisco's love of family and determination to educate himself. I can't believe that he didn't kiss Laura before he put her on the train to San Carlos. Maybe he did and just won't tell us. I suspect that we might see a third installment to this story. If the professor writes it, I will certainly buy and read it.

At the moment, I am rereading Más allá, looking up all the words that I didn't know and let pass on the first reading. As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I derive an added pleasure from reading this book -- that of recognizing many of the places described in the story. A very pleasurable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I liked the book and the author's ability to clearly explain the difficulties of assimilating into another culture and appreciated the fact that he realized the only way his life in a new country would be satisfactory was if he did assimilate. He managed to do that and still maintain a love of his own culture. It is a good course book. Would not be on my top list for entertainment reading
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Francisco Jimenez entered the United States as a youngster with his parents who were seeking a better life for the family. They lived in incredible poverty, moving around California, picking agricultural crops. Francisco did not get to go to school until the end of the season each year, often November. His persistence and hard work offered him the opportunity to rise out of poverty to get an education, help his family, and focus on the problems of farm worker conditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triple Hitter! September 10, 2011
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I read this series of 3 in my adult Spanish class. You will be so blessed by reading these 3 books in order: 1) Cajas de carton, 2)Senderos fronterizos, & 3) Más allá de mi. They are all heart-warming and gut-wrenching. You will realize that your problems don't amount to much if you compare yourself with this family and what they endured. As a young child, Francisco Jiminez, who couldn't even speak any English, ends up with a college education, eventually receiving a PhD, and then even wrote books in English. What a miracle story this is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars and good for an intermediate Spanish student July 2, 2014
Interesting story, and good for an intermediate Spanish student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father in law's gift! June 15, 2014
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My father in law loved to read and he loved this book. Will buy more from this author and the price is unbeatable!
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Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master's degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, La Mariposa, and his newest novel, Reaching Out. He lives in Santa Clara, California, with his family

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