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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 the United States so he can find work and send money home. But with no coyote money to pay the smugglers who sneak illegal workers across the border, Victor must struggle to survive as he jumps trains, stows away on trucks, and hikes grueling miles through the Arizona desert.

Victor's journey is fraught with danger, freezing cold, scorching heat, hunger, and dead ends. It's a gauntlet run by millions attempting to cross the border. Through Victor's often desperate struggle, Will Hobbs brings to life one of the great human dramas of our time.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061963629
List price: $6.99
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This is a moving story and puts you into the feet of all young people coming into the U.S. hoping to support their struggling family.more
Victor Flores leads a desperately hard life with his family in a Mexican village. His father died several years before in an accident while working construction across the border. Victor struggles to support his family and be the man of the house but no matter how hard he works, it becomes impossible to make ends meet. He decides to go acrosst he border, like his dad used to do, and work to send money home to his mother and siblings. The story of Victor puts a human element into the contemporary issues of illegal imimigration today without taking a political stand. All sides are touched on and provides readers with realistic material that is sure to inspire deep thinking about the issue. A great read for young readers who are learning about the world we live in today.more
Target audience: 10-14I read this because it is assigned to a 6th grade class I work with. The kids aren't very far into the book, but they are already reading ahead (and we're scolding them) and asking us for more books like this. I wish there were more books like this! It is both a high-interest adventure and a good non-judgmental look at the problems of illegal immigration. 15-year-old Rico is put in the awkward position of telling his friend's parents that his friend has left to cross the border to the United States. Rico thinks his friend is a crazy risk-taker, until he realizes that his families corn crop will not earn enough money to feed them. He decides he must go as well.Hobbs has written a well-researched page turner. It covers many of the realities around immigration without dumbing it down too much or making it too brutal for his young adult audience. Bravo, and thank you Mr. Hobbs.more
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This is a moving story and puts you into the feet of all young people coming into the U.S. hoping to support their struggling family.more
Victor Flores leads a desperately hard life with his family in a Mexican village. His father died several years before in an accident while working construction across the border. Victor struggles to support his family and be the man of the house but no matter how hard he works, it becomes impossible to make ends meet. He decides to go acrosst he border, like his dad used to do, and work to send money home to his mother and siblings. The story of Victor puts a human element into the contemporary issues of illegal imimigration today without taking a political stand. All sides are touched on and provides readers with realistic material that is sure to inspire deep thinking about the issue. A great read for young readers who are learning about the world we live in today.more
Target audience: 10-14I read this because it is assigned to a 6th grade class I work with. The kids aren't very far into the book, but they are already reading ahead (and we're scolding them) and asking us for more books like this. I wish there were more books like this! It is both a high-interest adventure and a good non-judgmental look at the problems of illegal immigration. 15-year-old Rico is put in the awkward position of telling his friend's parents that his friend has left to cross the border to the United States. Rico thinks his friend is a crazy risk-taker, until he realizes that his families corn crop will not earn enough money to feed them. He decides he must go as well.Hobbs has written a well-researched page turner. It covers many of the realities around immigration without dumbing it down too much or making it too brutal for his young adult audience. Bravo, and thank you Mr. Hobbs.more
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