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La Linea

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  788 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Miguel has dreamed of joining his parents in California since the day they left him behind in Mexico six years, eleven months, and twelve days ago. On the morning of his fifteenth birthday, Miguel’s wait is over.
Or so he thinks. The trip north to the border—la línea—is fraught with dangers. Thieves. Border guards. And a grueling, two-day trek across the desert. It would
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Square Fish (first published April 4th 2006)
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AGastolek
This is a compelling story of fifteen year old Miguel and twelve year old Elena, two siblings on a gruesome journey from Mexico to California. Risking their lives, encountering thieves, gangs, police, thirst, hunger, physical danger, wild animals, border patrols and desert storms, the children manage to reach their destination. They cross la linea and reunite with their parents. The book is written by Ann Jarmillo who developed a deep appreciation for Mexican culture, language and complex family ...more
Laura
Miguel is finally having the chance to cross La Linea to be with his father in America who left him behind in Mexico over six years ago. Unfortunately, his sister can’t live with being left behind by herself and hijacks his trip north. They face distressing dangers like train gangs, robbers, and Mata Gente. Along they way they need to be careful about who they can trust in order to survive and reach their dream. Appropriate for high school aged students, Jaramillo authentically tells the story o ...more
Emily  Nuttall
La Linea is a story about a boy named Miguel who eagerly awaits the day when his father will send money back to Mexico so that Miguel can join his parents in California. When Miguel finally gets an opportunity to make the journey to California, he is met with many surprises and challenges along the way. Among the first of many events, he realizes that his sister, Elena has attempted to make the journey as well. Miguel and Elena grow even closer as they travel the dangerous, life or death, journe ...more
Amy
Summary: This adventurous story of a brother and sister's amazing journey across the US/Mexico border is a fictional account based on real events. Ann Jaramillo weaves sibling rivalry, sacrifice, humor, irony, and drama into a tale that both informs and enlightens the reader about the dangerous journey that many Mexican Americans have taken to come to the United States. Spanish words are used within the text to tell the story in a way in which the Non-Spanish speaking reader can use word-solving ...more
Anayeli♥
I piked this book because it is really interesting topping and because the cover is a really good interesting cover and because many of my friends told me it is a really good book.The genre of this book is a Fiction because it is kind of based on a really story but the story is made up with fake characters.When the book starts the setting is in San Jasinto and and when he try to cross the line he will be in California.The description if the main character is that he turned 15 years old and that ...more
Jessica
The book I read was la linea and it was written by Ann Jaramilo.It was published by Roaring Brook press in New milford, connecticut. My opinion of this book is good beause it talks about a illegeal fiffeen year old boy Miguel dreams about seeing his parents in calforina in the morning of this fifteen birthday he determined to go across the border to go north leaving his abuelia and his sister name Elena. mean while her sister Elena follow Miguel to go north with him. leaving abuleia alone at her ...more
Wilfredo G.

Miguel is a 15 year old who lives in the town of San Jacinto, Mexico. When he was small his parents went to live in California, leaving him and his sister, Elena, behind. He had been anxious to go with his parents for many years, now the wait is over.
After Miguel realized he could’ve gone free all this time there was no time for thinking. It is going to be a tough trip, but even more with his tagalong sister with him. Crossing La Linea to the United States may sound fun. WRONG. It is filled wit
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Barbara
Aug 15, 2009 Barbara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young hispanic readers highly motivated to read this type of material.
Shelves: ya-read
La Linea is nominated for the Minnesota children's selection award, the Maud Hart Lovelace award. Because of this, I guess I was expecting more. Miguel and Elena have lived for years with their grandmother in San Jacinto, Mexico while their parents have lived in California. They dream of the day they will receive the call from their parents to join them, because they have raised enough money to bring them to California, although through illegal channels. The understanding is that Miquel will go ...more
Terry
Fine little story, but I wish it had been better. The short chapters and first person narration may allow some weaker readers to find this book, especially if they are motivated by the story of teens enduring what too many must to get to el norte. Many teens will recognize stories told by family and friends. There's danger aplenty, although I don't remember more than passing profanity.

But it only gets three stars because the characters aren't realistic enough and I couldn't really feel connected
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Dannielle
La Linea was a story about 15 year old Miguel who lives in Mexico and leaves to come to California to be with his parents. He must cross La Linea, the border, to get to them. He begins his journey only to find that his sister Elena has followed him. The two of them encounter dangers on both sides of the border. Since they are crossing illegally over the border into the United States the obstacles are big and most often deadly. Elena and Miguel lose their friend, fellow immigrant, and protector t ...more
Esther
Jaramillo makes several bold choices in this middle grade tale about what is involved in crossing the Mexico - US border. First, she chooses to write scattered lines of dialogue and other details in Spanish without translation for monolingual English readers. Secondly she does not flinch from showing the probability for death in this journey. She recalls this most dramatically in the nickname for the trains many immigrants use to cross Mexico: mata gente or people killer . Thirdly, Jaramillo ...more
Katrina
This is only the second boarder-crossing story I've read. The first was a short story in a collection. This one had room to spread its wings. The story follows Miguel as he tries to leave his life with his grandmother in San Jacinto and meet up with his parents in California. Although he receives money and a solid plan from a wealthy man who owes his father, Miguel knows it is a trecherous journey. The stories of sacrifice and suffering and love in this book blend together to tell the tale of wh ...more
Mr. Z
Jul 22, 2009 Mr. Z rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers
Recommended to Mr. Z by: 2009-2010 Sunshine State Book
A 2009-2010 Sunshine State Book for Grades 6-8.

This book wasn't written for entertainment, but to inform readers what it is like to be dirt-poor, living in another country and wanting more than anything to cross the border into the promise land of America. While La Linea was a little dry for my liking, it was 100% better than Gary Paulsen's The Crossing, which dealt with the same theme of a teenager's struggles to cross the border into America. La Linea is short (broken down into chapters an ave
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Jimmy Castro
The name of my book was La Linea by Ann Jaramillo. This book captivated my attention with its title. My favorite character was Miguel. The reason is that he was cool and smart about things. He was able to get his sister of his back when he needed to and was able to raise himself along with his grandma and sister in a small town. I would recommend this book to kids 12-16. It also has many Spanish words in it meaning that the words may not seem familiar. The reason I kept reading this book was bec ...more
Andrew Oliver
My book was La Linea by Ann Jaramilla. During the book Miguel has a hard time because he has to leave his home land on a very dangerous trip over the border. Everyone tells him that the trip will be easy to just hop on the train they say. But they are mistaken, the trip is very harsh. Spending so much time on a train can turn you crazy but he kept his sanity. He is leaving his grandmother and little sister. I would recommend this book to people who like action books. My favorite character is his ...more
Jessica
Ha ha. The infamous little book with Spanish in it. I'm curious by nature, and I read books word for word, even going back to read passages out loud in my head so it plays out in my mind like a play, or at least an audiobook. So it was a little slow for me to get through, since I got distracted a lot and looked up a lot of the words. I did enjoy learning a little Spanish, and it made me want to learn more. I have always been curious about the experiences of people who risk their lives to cross t ...more
S10_tommccormack
Ages: 12 and up

"La Línea," the first book by Ann Jaramillo, tells the story of a 15-year-old boy's journey from Mexico to the United States. The book primarily focuses on the hardships that compel people to migrate and the dangers they face if they do so without papers.

The content of the book is relevant as it provides insight on the immigration debate that continues to rage in the United States. However, the characters are flat and unauthentic, the cultural and linguistic references seem force
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Cherina
Summary: Miguel is finally called by his father to cross the border and join his parents in California. Miguel's sister, Elena is jealous though and decides to sneak to the United States with her brother. Miguel and Elena run into trouble and are taken to the Guatemalan border where they nearly escape the police but end up getting robbed at gun point. The pair is still determined to cross the border so they and their new friend, Javi, decide to jump on a train heading that way. The group runs in ...more
Caroline
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Ulises Medina
May 25, 2011 Ulises Medina is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The most favorite character from these book is Miguel, because he is kind of like the main character and because he lives his life without his parents being there for him and he is still happy even though he doesn’t live with them. But I also have a least favorite one, that’s Juan that’s don clementes nephew and he also works for him, He is mean and a showoff just because he is part of don clementes family and because he gets spoiled, and gets whatever he wants. I was kind of able to predict the ...more
Frida Rivera
The emotions that the book made me feel was a boy trying to reach his goal by being with his family. My favorite line from the book was:”instead I played soccer for Cruz Azul or chivas, America or Necaxa. I was famous. I was very, very rich”. It shows what the boy wants to be and he trying to reach. The portion captivated me was when the grandma died because she was the mother for Miguel (boy) since the actual mom left to California the grandma was there for him. It was sad to see someone you lo ...more
Laura
Since many of my students are Hispanic and have immigrated to the United States, I am always looking for books that might speak to their experiences and validate their culture. "La Linea" by Ann Jaramillo is one of those books. I started reading the book and immediately became swept up in the harrowing story of Miguel and his sister Elena and their trip across the border. I have heard stories about people trying to cross the border and the difficulties of the trip, but never before had I actuall ...more
Jill
I searched for a word to describe how I felt at that moment, but I realized I felt nothing for Papa. Nada, absolutamente nada. Where there should have been feeling, there was just a big black hole of emptiness. (p.72)

La Linea was a great book about struggles with coming to America, but also struggles with family and relationships. Miguel is sent for by his parents and after failing to make it to the states by riding the bus and completing the planned journey set by his father, his journey become
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Willie
Snapshot: Many dream of making the trip North and crossing the border to find family, friends, and new lives in the USA. For Miguel, a young man from rural Mexico, his time has finally come to cross la línea, the line, and join his parents in California. Even though his father has arranged everything from the United States, Miguel is unprepared for what awaits him on his journey north. And the fact that he has to protect his little sister does not help.

“Hook”: This story is about a young Latino
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Irvin
La Linea by Ann Jaramillo tells the story of two immigrant adolescents that make a journey across the border. Miguel and Elena’s goal is to get across the boarder, from Mexico to California. Throughout the way they face many challenges such as, immigration patrols, gangs, animals, and even sand storms. In my opinion Elena and Miguel show a lot of grit and resilience’s. Their only 15 and 12 years old and crossing across the dessert with out their parents is pretty challenging. Their body is not ...more
Alma Martinez
This book provides a view of the motives people have for risking their very lives to come to this country as undocumented immigrants. As an American I feel we often take our freedom and opportunities for granted. This book will make the reader think about those things taken for granted and have a new insight into how bad others who do not have it will try to get it as well.
In brief, this is the story of Miguel and his younger sister Elena who plan to cross la linea, the line, into the U.S. to j
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Josue Rodriguez
I would recommend this book to anybody who doesn’t live with their parents and who have been throw a lot in the pass. This book is a story about a young teen who’s dad is living in the USA. Miguel the young teen has been dreaming for years to go to the USA and his dad has told him many times that he is going to get him but doesn’t. When Miguel turns 15 years old his grandma gives him a letter from his dad, saying that his is now able to come to the USA . Miguel doesn’t really believe his dad bec ...more
Rll595ag_thomasjakovlic
Ann Jamarillo's "La Linea" is a survival story that grips the reader from the very first page, and never lets go. Miguel and Elena live in San Jacinto, Mexico. Their mother and father left for California 7 years ago, and the children have never had contact with them since. Their grandmother, abuelita, is taking care of them now, but when Miguel finds out that a drug cartel Don Clemente owes the father a favor, after Miguel's father saved him from a fire, Miguel is determined to reconnect his fam ...more
RLL595ag_GlennJacobson
Miguel’s father has finally called for him, to join his parents in California, but this has happened before to no avail. The reality is that he has just turned 15 years old and is living in San Jancinto, Mexico with his sister and grandmother. Miguel must face the challenges of getting across the border illegally and has the assistance of Don Clemente, who has money and connections. So, when all of the well-laid plans fall apart Miguel must grow to trust others to get him to his goal.

The charact
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Corinne
I felt like I was on a train ride reading this book! I was so engrossed, I couldn't imagine getting off the train until I reached my destination -- which was the end of the book. Have you ever anticipated a trip so much, but once you got there, it fell short of your expectations? Well, the story in this book, the language in this book, the details, the voice -- none of that made we want to "jump ship". To the contrary, I was sold! I was committed to the ride (i.e., the read). And the journey was ...more
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Ann Jaramillo teaches English as a Second Language to Mexican-American seventh and eighth graders in Salinas, California, many of whom are migrants. LA LINEA is her first book.
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