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Reaching Out Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 34 user ratings
ISBN:0618038515
LANGUAGE:English

"In reaching out it is the third book in Francisco Jimenez life. He describe how he feels when he leaves his struggling family behind to go to college.

This book was very inspiring because it goes to show that no matter how hard life can be anybody can do better if you just believe. It showed how Francisco who came from Mexico with Spanish being his primary language struggled but he never gave up. He applied to college and got in and how he made it through his first 4 years of college. So good a must read for everyone!
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"I hope every child can read this in high school...it not only inspires you to learn and value your education, but also exposes the prejudices that immigrants experience (along with other minorities).

Francisco Jiménez writes in a smooth and comfortable voice. I love his description of people coming into the Mission church on Santa Clara University, after the announcement of President Kennedy's assassination - it brought tears; so visually heart wrenching.

I look forward to getting the first and second books; the backstory, of how this amazing family faces all odds in modern times to succeed in what's most valuable in life - education, family and faith.
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"I loved this book as much as each of the two previous volumes of Francisco Jiménez's trilogy. His story is an inspiring one and perfect for middle and high school students. I would teach this book as part of an interdisciplinary unit on college readiness and the benefits of bilingualism. There are many threads a teacher could pull out to discuss the many elements that one's success rely upon: incredibly hard work, determination, a mindset that invites mentorship. I'm sure that in both his fictional and professional personas, Francisco Jiménez has mentored and inspired many young people and that his work will continue to do so." said.

"Reaching out is a book that teach young adults how life was back in time. Francisco is a migrant worker who struggle with his family to have a better life in California. Working in the fields and also attending to school was a big challenge, and knowing that he would struggle he decided to take it. Along with his difficult time, he learns how to appreciate the good moments and his experiences in life. Meanwhile he studies and works at the fields, he had friends and other people who support him and believed in his potential. As a result of his dedication to school, he succeeds in Santa Clara University for four years;later he still attended to Columbia University. In conclusion on this story, it teaches why we should appreciate what we have now. More thyan one person can identified with the struggle that the family had and how we can connect to the author's hope of having a better life." said.

"This is the third book in Francisco Jimenez's life story and it was enjoyable but not nearly as good as the first two. This one seemed a lot more preachy and the religious undertones got to me. But mainly I found myself having a harder time empathizing with him. In the previous books I felt like he was a kid and he sounded like a kid who cared about his famly. I empathized with his struggles in school and the challenges that he faced growing up. In this book he just seems like he's going back and forth between feeling super guilty about leaving behind his family and praising his college and its priests for everything and this dichotomy drove me nuts. I guess I just didn't really like the author as much anymore. He was an endearing kid but his adult life story just didn't resonate with me as much. " said.

""On Easter Sunday, thousands of us entered Sacramento. We swarmed the capitol steps, where Cesar Chavez announced that Schenley had agreed to recognize the union. We all clapped and shouted with joy "Si se puede!" for several minutes. After thanking the unions, the church, and all the students and civil rights workers who had helped win this one victory, Cesar Chavez told us: 'Es bueno recorder que debe haber valor, pero tambien que, en la victoria, debe haber humildad.' It is well to remember there must be courage, but also, that in victory there must be humility.
As he continued speaking, I looked at the banner of the Virgen de Guadalupe and felt deeply the suffering and pain of migrant workers. What can and should I do in my life to help them? I asked myself. I did not have the answer yet."

I am using Jimenez's trilogy for my webquest. Sandra Cisneros said about him, "I thank Francisco Jimenez for honoring all brave children who grow up poor in America."
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" This is one of the few books that I have read in Spanish, and it is also one of the most inspirational books that I have ever read. " said.

" It was okay. I'd never want to teach it as a whole class novel unless I was teaching sixth grade. " said.

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