Breaking Through

Francisco Jiménez. (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001)



Jiménez's compelling autobiographical stories in Breaking Through, sequel to The Circuit, combine dramatic social issues of poverty and prejudice in the 1950s with timeless adolescent experiences of family tension, school and romance. Powerful images of a teenager overcoming crushing poverty and personal challenges while maintaining hope encourages readers to "break through" their own barriers with tenacity and courage.

Awards Won

Title Year
Belpré Medal image Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
2002 - Honor(s)