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Pacific Crossing

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In Japan for the summer to practice the martial art of kempo, Lincoln sometimes feels like little more than a brown boy in a white gi. Yet with the help of his Japanese brother, Mitsuo, Lincoln sees that people everywhere, whether friend or kempo opponent, share passions much like his own--for baseball, family traditions, and new friendships.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1992)
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Wayne S.
Fourteen-year-old Lincoln (Linc) Mendoza, a Franklin Junior High student of Mexican-American heritage who just finished seventh grade, lives with his mother in a Mission District barrio of San Francisco, CA. During the summer, Linc and his best friend, Tony Contreras, go to Japan as exchange students, and Linc will study shorinji kempo, a Japanese martial art. The boys are staying in Atami, a small farming village about three hours outside Tokyo, Linc with Mr. and Mrs. Ono and their son Mitsuo w ...more
Mark Wilkerson
Jul 13, 2012 Mark Wilkerson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teachers, middle school students
If you are merely reading this book for sheer adult entertainment, this is not the novel for you. This is a book written with the teenager in mind. It is quite suited particularly for students who have a desire to travel or for students who have experienced a move to a foreign country. The theme present here is "Stranger in a Strange Land." As an American teacher teaching students in Taiwan, I have found that the students enjoy learning about the protagonist of this story, Lincoln, a Mexican-Ame ...more
After I began reading Pacific Crossing, I read a few reviews of the book. It appears to be popular with the teens but not so popular with adults. By the end of the book, I rather liked it.

It's a different kind of book. You can't use it to teach plot structure but it would be great for chronological order. It's the story of a boy's summer vacation in Japan. There're no real problems to be confronted or anything. There're no antagonists. No one is a hero; no one is a victim. It's just life. I foun
Listened to the audio. Jacob rates 4 stars, Ellie and mom 3 stars
Eric Gautier
Do you like books that talk mostly about a personal life of a person? If yes then this book would be for you. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I really like this book because to me it is interesting because of all of the things happening like,SPOILER ALERT,when Lincoln goes to Japan in a plane because the school gave him to another school for a little while.

This takes place in Japan and the time of the book is current time so present. Lincoln wanted to be in the club which is calle
This book made me think about a time that i have to go to a place to find intervene and to learn about my mistake and more.I always read this book at home,at school and in football game.I liked how the author started the book by saying "He looked to his right and saw the sun rising.I realy liked this book because it used some characters from the last book TAKING SIDES its nice to know that best friend would tavel around the world together.I got angry when the book ended i thought something more ...more
Because he takes lessons in Kempo, one of the Japanese arts, Lincoln and his friend Tony are given the opportunity to be exchange students to Japan for six weeks, to live with a family and to learn as much about the culture as possible. I love Gary Soto's books, and found this one in an audio book which was read well by Robert Ramirez. Soto wrote a good story, but it seemed a little brief to me. The exciting scenes, easy to spot, were just not long enough, seemed abrupt in their endings. Yet, th ...more
I picked this up as a timekiller at work today. With respect to Mr. Soto, who is a talented writer and promoter of Chicano lit, it was pretty forgettable. It's one of those shiny happy multicultural stories with 70s slang but excessive references to Hammer. Back in 92 (when I read stacks of these heartwarming PC tales) a cross-cultural book about kids from backgrounds neither white nor black filled a big need, but that's sort of the sum of the plot. From what I can tell, any coming of age took p ...more
Jessica Richins
14 year old Mexican American Lincoln Mendoza and his friend Tony are going to do a foreign exchange program to Japan. Lincoln becomes friends with his host family and learns about life in a different country and kempo, a kind of martial arts.
This book was geared towards a younger audience of boys (11-13). It was a fairly easy read, and had a simple story. The only thing that people might not like about reading Pacific Crossing is that you have to flip back and forth between a Spanish and Japane
Carl-hendy A
Because fourteen-year-old Lincoln Mendoza and his best friend Tony have an interest in martial arts, they are chosen to be exchange
Students in Japan for the summer. The family Lincoln stays with has a son his age, Mitsuo, and the two become good friends. In between
Adventures Lincoln and Mitsuo’s family learn about each other and their cultures.
I believe this book was really great. Who would ever have thought to write book about a middle school kid who went from good to life, then bad to life, then back to good. From a boy who knew virtually nothing about
Cesar Terrazas
Uno de los libros que leí durante mi infancia y que encontré en la biblioteca de mi pueblo, quizá esa es la razón de mi aprecio por él. Simple (quizá un poco abrupto y superficial), anecdótico, multicultural, inocente.
Julie Pascoe
While two students study abroad, they learn and live the Japanese culture. Find out how this culture lets their children learn by experiencing life. See if they can complete the challenges given.
September 22

What I think of this book is that it's amazing. This is the best book that I have read. I was never attached to a book like I was to this book.
I didn't find this book very good. It lacked detail, was short, and had a boring plot line. The only reason I chose to read this book was because the cover looked interesting, and it was a disappointment. Wasn't a great book. Wouldn't recommend it.
A young Mexican-American youth travels to Japan to spend the summer with a Japanese family in a cultural exchange program. Not much drama, and not much character development (our character doesn't spend much time thinking about the differences in the cultures and trying to grow from understanding the differences). As a result, the book tends to be a bit shallow.
Ben Gonzalez
I think this is a good and interesting book i would suggest this book to anyone who likes a good story
I'm a Gary Soto fan and have read several of his other books but this one just didn't hold my attention.
this book is very interesting but at some points it gets alittle boring
Owen West
This book gave me book reports every year from sixth grade to high school.
Mary Warner
Humorous tale of cultures clashing--Hispanic teen boys in Japan.
good reading for young adults... love the way soto uses tex-mex/spanglish...
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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