The Circuit Graphic Novel

HarperCollins/Clarion. Mar. 2024. 240p. adapted by adapt. by Andrew J. Rostan. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780358348214.
Gr 4-8–Adapted from the award-winning memoir of the same name and the true-life account of the author, this graphic novel details Jiménez’s journey with his family as they trek from Mexico across La Frontera to build their new life in California. The memoir, told from the perspective of Jiménez as a young boy, expertly recounts the trials and tribulations he and his family faced as they ventured to find their home. Readers will be captivated by Jiménez’s story and relate to his yearning for a permanent residence, as the family hops from town to town and faces obstacles at each turn in search of a better life. While parts of the material may be difficult to read for some, Jiménez’s youthful perspective bestows a gentleness to the narrative, which provides ease to these moments. In a sepialike tone, the illustrations are beautifully woven through the story, which includes some Spanish (translations are provided). This book will interest those who enjoyed They Called Us Enemy, The Distance Between Us, and I Was Their American Dream.
VERDICT A moving story about family, faith, hope, and resilience through trying times and experiences.

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