Breaking Through Francisco Jimenez Analysis

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In Breaking Through, by Francisco Jiménez, the protagonist, Francisco Jiménez, begins as a nervous and scared child with few friends and eventually matures into a confident and well-liked young man. As a sixth-grader at Santa Rosa Middle School, Francisco first feels like he does not fit in, he is not very skilled at English and has few friends. And for the few relationships he does have, they do not last, such as Francisco's relationship with Peggy, a girl from his school. Her parents ask Francisco about his ethnicity, and once they find out he is Mexican, Peggy ignores him at school. Francisco has lost one of his friends, a rare commodity to him, and this has a greatly negative effect on him. As Francisco encounters challenges like being
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