Current Students + One School, One Book

Breaking Through Book Cover

The Languages Other Than English Department is pleased to announce the selection of Breaking Through, by Francisco Jimenez, as our 2014 One School, One Book choice.


All students will take an objective test in their LOTE classes during the first week of school.
NOTE: All summer assignments may be found in the Library Schoology group, Resource folder, Summer Assignments 2014


At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.