Crossing the Wire

Crossing the Wire

Book - 2006
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In this riveting, action-packed novel from award-winning author Will Hobbs, a teenage boy hoping to help his loved ones must fight for his life as he makes the dangerous journey across the Mexican border into the United States.

When falling crop prices threaten his family with starvation, fifteen-year-old Victor Flores heads north in an attempt to "cross the wire" from Mexico into America so he can find work and help ease the finances at home.

But with no coyote money to pay the smugglers who sneak illegal workers across the border, Victor struggles to survive as he jumps trains, stows away on trucks, and hikes grueling miles through the Arizona desert.

Victor's passage is fraught with freezing cold, scorching heat, hunger, and dead ends. It's a gauntlet run by many attempting to cross the border, but few make it. Through Victor's desperate perseverance, Will Hobbs brings to life a story that is true for many, polarizing for some, but life-changing for all who read it.

Acclaim for Crossing the Wire includes the following: New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, Junior Library Guild Selection, Americas Awards Commended Title, Heartland Award, Southwest Book Award, and Notable Books for Global Society.

Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9780060741389
Branch Call Number: YF HOBB

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it takes a while for this book to get intresting

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

BOOKS 2 U book.

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Blue_Penguin_134
Nov 11, 2011

I thought that Crossing The Wire was a great book about a growing problem in our world today, illegal immigration. It kept my attention throughout the book with lots of unexpected turns. Mr. Hobbs clearly knows a lot about his topic, and it shows. With his vivid imagery, I could picture Victor, Rico, and every setting. All in all, this was an awesome book!

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Starving families send sons from Mexico to the USA in hopes they will find work and send home money.

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