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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

by Francisco Jimenez

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1999
116 pages
ISBN: 0-395-97902-1

Age 12 and older

Jiménez's memoir of his childhood and adolescence is presented as a collection of 12 hauntingly spare short stories that can either stand alone or be read as a continuous narrative. A poignant, childlike voice is consistently maintained throughout, even as he writes of the subhuman living conditions and constant fear that were realities for his migrant family. This collection, which won the Américas Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award, and a Jane Addams Honor, was first published as a paperback original by University of New Mexico Press in 1997. CCBC categories: New Editions of Old Favorites.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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