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The Circuit - Francisco Jimenez

     After reading The Circuit I believe the author Francisco Jiménez, wanted the readers to learn about the obstacles and troubles that migrant families and children face. He stated his point throughout the whole book and when he wrote about how the main character, Panchito, had to work in the fields, care for his family at a young age, and go to school when he didn't know a word of English. I also feel that the author wanted to inform people that despite being born in poverty, you can still succeed and live a successful life. The author informed the readers about this when Panchito was doing well in school and when his older brother had a job in town rather than working in the fields.

     The character reminds me of myself when I don’t understand my homework or classwork. I was reminded of this when Panchito didn’t understand English and he failed first grade. Panchito also reminded me about the times my little sisters take something from me after I tell them not to touch or take anything from my room. He reminded me of this problem when his little sister took his penies from his penny collection and used them to buy gumballs. Panchito got as upset as I do when my little sisters disobey me. I know my problems aren’t as big as a struggle his were for him but he reflects what happens to me all the time. 

     After reading a few chapters I started liking the book around the chapter Miracle in Tent City when Panchito’s younger brother got sick and was in the hospital for a great amount of time. I started to like the book at this point because I felt sorry about what Panchito’s family was going through. I wanted to keep reading to see if Panchito’s younger brother ever made it home from the hospital. As I kept reading, the story got better and more interesting. I believe Francisco Jiménez did a wonderful job and opened readers eyes to the obstacles and  poverty migrant families face.