"Breaking Through" is a book written by Francisco Jimenez. It is the sequel to his earlier autobiographical tale, "The Circuit", and it continues the story of the author's youth as an immigrant from Mexico, according to Santa Clara University. "Breaking Through" is set during Jimenez's high school years in California.
Santa Clara University notes that "Breaking Through" discusses the hardships and challenges that the Jimenez family faced when Francisco, his brother and mother were deported due to their illegal status. The family was eventually allowed to return to California, only to be subject to racial prejudice and long hours of difficult labor. Learner.org notes that "Breaking Through" was named as a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and Young Adults and won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Book Award.