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OFFSITE EVENT: Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit Graphic Novel

Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm

OFFSITE COMMUNITY EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education welcome bestselling author Francisco Jiménez (The Circuit) for a celebration of The Circuit Graphic Novel at Sequoia High School in Freedom. Poignantly told from a young boy's perspective, the popular and award-winning memoir centered on a Mexican family working California's fields is now a powerful graphic novel. 

"The exquisite illustrations are warm and weathered, perfectly complementing the emotional storytelling. A poignant, beautiful story of family, endurance, and appreciation." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at Sequoia High School, 229 Green Valley Road, in Freedom.

Food and drinks provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Purchase of book required to join the signing line.

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An honest and evocative account of a family’s journey from Mexico to the fields of California—and to a life of backbreaking work and constant household moves—as seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for education and the right to call one place home.

A popular choice for community reads, as well as school curricula and curriculum adoptions, Francisco Jiménez’s award-winning memoir, now brought to life in Celia Jacob’s beautiful and resonant artwork, is a powerful story of survival, faith, and hope. 

Author and educator, Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (10 years, two as chair), California Council for the Humanities, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees and the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development. Read more about Mr. Jiménez and his work at

The Circuit Graphic Novel By Francisco Jiménez, Celia Jacobs (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francisco Jiménez, Celia Jacobs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780358348221
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 26th, 2024

The Circuit Graphic Novel By Francisco Jiménez, Celia Jacobs (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francisco Jiménez, Celia Jacobs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780358348214
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 26th, 2024