The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

Title: The Circuit: stories from the life of a migrant child

Author: Francisco Jimenez

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Published Date: 1998

Panchito is a young Mexican boy that has illegally immigrated to California. Right away his family tries to search for work to better their lives. Each story takes you through a crisis the family has to go through just to keep food on the table and a roof (of any material) over their heads.

I never realized how hard some people will actually work to keep their families alive. These short stories were brilliant. They really opened my eyes to what some people have to go through. And this family worked. Hard. For everything. And they lost a lot. Reading this made me consider what all I would have done in these situations. Amazing story. Along with the hardships, these stories have a real sense of culture. And let me tell you…6 kids. With no permanent home. I don’t know how they did it!

Happy Reading!

R

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Title: Sold

Author: Patricia McCormick

Publisher: Hyperion

Published Date: 2006

Lakshmi is a 13 year old girl from the hills of Nepal. Her family is poor. They do not wear shoes, they spin their own clothes and they sometimes go hungry for weeks. When a woman arrives at their house suggesting her mother and step-dad send her to the city to be a maid, Lakshmi jumps at the chance to work and send her family money. When she leaves with her “Auntie” the further out they get from home and the more cities they pass through the wearier Lakshmi becomes. She finally stops, after switching through two other people at The Happiness House. Here she learns what it means to be a woman, deceit and finally freedom.

My first thought to this is how in the world could a family sell their children? I know I’m not form this part and I have never known what it is like to be starving. To be that hungry and poor. I can’t even imagine. Another thing I can’t imagine…being sold to become a prostitute. These young girls do not get to have a childhood. And what makes it worse…are there really that many men that want to have sex with 12 or 13 year olds? The ending…I want to know more. How does she cope? Does she become successful? Does she have a family of her own? Ahhh…tell me more!

Happy Reading!

R

Bone by Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston

Title: Bone by Bone by Bone

Author: Tony Josnston

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Published Date: 2007

David has been told from birth that he will grow up to be a doctor. His father has hung a skeleton over his crib and has kept it to tag every bone with its name. David’s entire life is about his father, grandma, and great-grandma. That is until one Halloween night. He meets a ghost that seems a bit timid. When his father makes the young ghost take off the sheet, Malcolm a young black boy is underneath. Right away, David and Malcolm become instant friends. The time is during the 1950’s in Tennessee, and David’s father does not want his song associated with a black boy. Nothing can keep the two apart. When David’s father realizes this, he tells him that Malcolm is good enough to play with outside where no one can see them. But if he ever was to enter his house he would shoot him. During the years they grow really close, but something else that grows closer to their city is the KKK. One night when the Klan is chasing Malcolm the inevitable happens. Malcolm wants to come into the house to hide. What happens after that changes David’s life forever.

Awesome book. Read it in 2 hours. Like how I left the ending hanging? Know why? So you’ll read it!

David is the type of character that I hope I would have been if I had lived during that time. There were no color lines for him. I enjoyed that there were characters on each side of the color line that felt either sympathic or not. It was not prejuidice to either way. The story also didn’t say that what happened was right or wrong, it was more of fact of the times. It did show what happened to David and his friendship with Malcolm. It did show that even during a time where people were looked down on because of their skin color, there were people like David that didn’t see this distinction. It also showed David’s families views of superiority and how that effected their family. There are some gruesome scenes, but that just makes the situation all that more unbearable.

Happy Reading!

(even if the subject isn’t that happy)

R

 

 

 

 

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