Santa Clara University

Reviews for Taking Hold (2015):

 "Simply written but full of beautiful details, the book should inspire every citizen of our diverse and changing world."

"Taking Hold" is an engaging, inspiring account of a migrant worker turned Ivy League graduate."
—New York Daily News

"There is a humble sincerity and earnest plainspokenness to Jiménez's prose. His ingratiating storytelling—who else could make these years of adulthood such a compelling read for teens?—make us root for him to succeed."
—Horn Book Magazine

"With characteristic grace and insight, [Jimenez] describes his new life in the grit and crush of Manhattan, the initial alienation of being a misfit among peers...and the strain of missing his family and girlfriend in California."

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Prof. Francisco Jiménez


Welcome to the website for Professor Francisco Jiménez. Here, you can find some general biographical information, a list of all his publications, the transcript of an interview conducted back in 2002, his educational and professional background, selected book reviews for two of his recent books, study guides specifically helpful for students and educators in reading his books, Breaking Through and The Circuit, and information on the best way to contact Professor Jiménez at Santa Clara University.


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