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Crossing the Wire

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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 tru ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2006)
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May 30, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
For many people, illegal immigration is a black and white issue-a wrong or right issue. This book helps readers to understand that it is not so black and white. This issue is not as simple as many would like to believe. The book, which follows the illegal journey of fifteen-year-old Victor Flores to the United States, causes the reader to examine their own role in the issue of illegal immigration. As an American, I like cheap prices. However, as the book illustrates cheap prices come with a very ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Name: Sarah Fretz

Citation: Hobbs, W. (2006). Crossing the wire. New York: HarperCollins.

Genre: Adventure


Format: Hardcover

Selection: School Library Journal, 2006


Living in a poor, rural area of Mexico, Victor and his best friend Rico work hard bring money and food to their struggling families. Rico confides in Victor that he has been sent money to hire a “coyote” to take him to the United States. Scared for his friend, Victor stays silent but soon realizes that with no hope in Mexic
Ellis Luckey
May 22, 2011 Ellis Luckey rated it really liked it
Main Characters: Victor,Rico,and Miguel

The story is about a boy who leaves home to find work in U.S. So Victor kept Rico secret. Soon Victor took a Journey of his own. As Victor road on a bus to Guanajuata, He was mistaken for an illegal alien. He escaped and caught a train. He fell from the train and soon crossed the desert with Miguel.

Victor`s Father died while working in the U.S. and the family was hungry on small corn farm. Victor, 15, needed to go to US to help his family. Along the the wa
Dec 10, 2015 Aescobar1 rated it it was amazing
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Crossing The Wire by Will Hobbs is a phenomenal and adventures book. The book is about a boy named Victor Flores and his friend Rico. They wanted to cross the border into America. On the way he meets some friends and learned lessons along the way. Also the book talks more about how Victor and his family are suffering because the economy is down in Mexico which causes him to go on adventure to go and save his family from losing their home. Victor goes through many obstacles even when times were t ...more
Jan 24, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
Realistic Fiction
Grades 6-10
A 2007 Américas Award Commended Title, a Notable Book for a Global Society (IRA) 2007, and a 2009 Rebecca Caudill nominee, Crossing the Wire is a representation of how an outsider can achieve near-insider authenticity through intense research and by approaching an issue from multiple perspectives. Hobbs tackles the controversial issue of illegal immigration, including US involvement in falling corn prices, crime on both sides of the border, and the notion of what it m
May 09, 2016 Kamryn rated it really liked it
Crossing the wire is a very good book! It shows you how hard it was to cross the wire to get to the states. You learn what everyone had to get to so they could support their family. I never got bored when I was reading this book and I am very glad that my teacher encouraged us to read crossing the wire. I encourage if you have a chance to read this book to read it.
Oct 16, 2015 Vincent rated it really liked it
I liked this book. When I picked up this book I wasn't sure but my doubt ended right away. From page one I was on the edge of my seat. The values of faith, loyalty, and effort are all exercised in this book. This book put some insight into what life is like
on the other side of the border. Crossing the Wire was written very well and I would read it again.
Feb 15, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
Fifteen year-old Victor must cross the border illegally, i.e. "cross the wire," from Mexico into the U.S. in order to raise money to send home to his mother and younger siblings. A major strength of this book is its realistic depiction of the myriad of dangers faced by illegals who attempt the treacherous border crossing into the U.S. This harsh, unrelenting view of the experiences of a Mexican immigrant may prompt middle-school readers to a deeper appreciation for how lucky they are to live a l ...more
Trinity P.
Apr 13, 2016 Trinity P. rated it it was amazing
At first I just read this book because it was required for Honors Language Arts for next year, but as I started reading it I really got into it. The describing of his surroundings weren't that great but everything else was amazing. It was exciting and adventurous! It was a really great book.
Feb 24, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs is a fictional adventure story about a young man who emigrates illegally from Mexico to the United States. Young Victor Flores is motivated to make the dangerous journey north across the border in order to support his widowed mother and three younger siblings. Hobbs is a seasoned writer of action adventure stories for young adults. This story will appeal to both middle and high school students alike, especially those with a personal immigration experience or to th ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Charlie rated it it was amazing
In the book Crossing the Wire, by Will Hobbs, fifteen-year-old year old Victor Flores, shared his journey to “cross the wire” from Mexico to the United States so he could find work and send money home to his family. Because Victor’s family was going to starve due to poor crop and agricultural conditions, he decided that the best way to help his family was to cross the border into the United States and find work there so he could send money home. Unlike his friend Rico, who paid a “coyote” to tak ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Shayla rated it it was ok
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Emily Moog
Crossing the Wire, written by Will Hobbs, is a dynamic and culturally important book for the 21st century. Victor Flores, the main character, is struggling with his family in Mexico to survive. Economic conditions are terrible and his family does not have enough money to eat. Determined to help his family, this courageous fifteen year old leaves his home to sneak over the border into the United States. However, alone and without money, Victor soon realizes how difficult the task of making money ...more
Lorelei Westbrook
Jul 14, 2015 Lorelei Westbrook rated it really liked it
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs 2006
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Young Adult

Estimate of age level of interest: Grades 5-8

Estimate of reading level: Grade 5

Brief description: 15-year-old Victor Flores runs the gauntlet in an attempt to cross the Arizona border with the hope of finding a job to support his family in Mexico.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: One characteristic of realistic adventure s
May 27, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in reading about people crossing the border between Mexico and United States, I suggest you read this fiction adventurous book. The fiction adventure is the genre of the book. It was both exciting and sad that the character Rico was going to attempt and cross the wire.

The setting is mostly at the border between Mexico and the United States. Rico the main character of the story wanted to go to the United States to be able to sell things to help his family with money. He knew
Sandra Balderas
Feb 23, 2015 Sandra Balderas rated it it was amazing
In this insightful and very well written novel we are able to take a journey with Victor as he attempts to cross the border not once, but twice and finally makes it to the other side. The journey brings along many challenges as we learn about the struggles that people face in search of a gateway and better life as they try and escape a troubled place.Victor runs into his best friend Rico after he believes he is already where he is headed, but they actually end up crossing to the other side toget ...more
Kaitlin Barry
Feb 11, 2015 Kaitlin Barry rated it it was amazing
This book was about a young boy named Victor who had to leave Mexico and try to cross over the American border to find work, and make money to support his family. Victor didn't have enough money to pay the 'coyotes' who help people cross the border. So, he decided to go by himself. Along the way he met many people. Some were helpful, and others were not. He traveled by foot, bus, train car, and van. He learned about the border patrol and how to make money on the road. In the end, he and
Feb 11, 2015 Isa rated it it was amazing
a. Crossing the Wire is about a Mexican boy named Victor who needs to provide for his family since his father passed away. When selling corn doesn’t provide enough income for his family, he makes the tough decision to try and cross the border into the U.S. His best friend, Rico, decided to cross the border too and he left a few days before Victor. Throughout the book, you will read about the struggles and triumphs of Victor on his adventure.
b. The themes in this book are perseverance, family, an
Diana Sanchez
Jan 29, 2015 Diana Sanchez rated it it was amazing
"Sorrow also sings , when its runs too deep to cry" To be honest this has been one of the best books I read because its very interesting to know how some one feels when they have bold decisions to make and what they have to do to survive in this case. This book will have you asking if you would risk your life for your family? i think i would because my family is important to me and made me who i am know. The genre of this book is realistic fiction.

This story is about a 15 year old boy named Vict
David Avalos
Jan 07, 2015 David Avalos rated it really liked it
Have you ever have to take risks in life in order to support your family. Crossing the Wire is a realistic fiction story. **Spoiler Alert ** Victor has a friend named Rico who also runs away to find a job to help himself and his family.

Victor is a 15 year old and struggles with his family once his father dies. Victor makes a bold decision and decides to leave his country to cross the border in order to send money home to his family. While in his journey he has a lot of hard obstacles to overco
Rachel Ledbetter
This book is about a fifteen-year-old boy, Victor, who has to grow up early and become a man in order to save his family from starvation. To do this, he has to make sacrifices and head north in attempt to find work so that he can send money home. The obstacles one must have to overcome to “cross the wire” from Mexico to the United States are increasingly difficult. Victor faces many hardships and encounters different people that make this adventure an opportunity of a lifetime. One major theme o ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Connor rated it really liked it
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs is a story about a young boy named Victor who lives with his mother and younger siblings. They learn that they will not be able to survive purely on the money made from their corn crops, so Victor must set out on a journey to the United States to find work. On the way he is faced with many trials and tribulations including running into border patrol, dealing with the Mexican police, encountering a rattle snake, finding himself surrounded by drug mules, and meeting ...more
Dundee Library
This is an adventure story set in the real life circumstances in the lives of Mexican illegal immigrants. Fifteen-year-old Victor, the oldest son of a widowed mother with five children must set out to find work in the United States when the family's farm cannot support them. The dangers he encounters includes border patrols, drug-runners, heat, thirst, and hunger. Considering the current news concerning hundreds more just like Victor this story really makes the reader think about the problems fa ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Pandora rated it really liked it
This was a especially good read after being disappointed by Saving Sky. Will Hobbs used first person narration which helps to really understand Victor. Will Hobbs does an excellent job of interweaving all the various issues of illegal immigration but, never to the point of losing the fast pace of the story. The story also makes a strong point that it is America's policies towards Mexico that help to fuel the crossing of the border. For example Victor is forced to find other work because he can't ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Sergio rated it it was amazing
Have you ever thought what people went through to cross the border? If you have or haven't you should read Crossing The Wire by Will Hobbs. It is a realistic fiction book. It is also adventurous.

Victor Flores is a 14 year old boy who trys to support his family, but when times get tough his family needs money. He decides to try to cross the border. With no coyote money he has to travel alone. He finds himself in numerous situations. Victor wants to get to the US to send money to his family but
Gabriela Fernandez
Victor learns that there will be no way he will be able to make enough money selling corn to support his family. He decides that he must cross the border to the US to make more money and send it home to his family. A priest gives Victor the money to cross the border and Victor decides to leave the very next morning. Eventually Victor meets another boy named Julio and they hop onto a train together. They are the only two without “coyote” money to give someone to help smuggle them across the bord ...more
Rancy Breece
Jan 02, 2015 Rancy Breece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social studies class in middle schools
Recommended to Rancy by: No one
Although this book is written for young adults, most of us older adults will enjoy this well-told tale as well. It shines a light on the reasons that many young people have been trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States as well as the hardships they endure to get to the border and get into the US. The demographics have changed since the book was published - last year's influx of children were from Honduras, Guatamala, and Costa Rica, and were trying to escape gangs and violen ...more
Patricia Lopez
This book tells the story of a 15 year old Mexican Victor Flores who strives for a better future. Victor’s father died in a construction accident while working illegally in South Carolina, thus leaving Victor as the man of the family. Victor is faced with the job of providing for his family at such a young age. Victor has been making ends meet by growing corn but the government has cut his profits to almost nothing; so he is forced to make a decision to help his family out. He has made up his mi ...more
Sarah Bennett
Oct 05, 2014 Sarah Bennett rated it it was amazing
This novel revolves around the main protagonist; a young fifteen year old Mexican boy named Victor Flores. Victor has always felt responsible for his family, ever since his father passed away. Though Victor was doing the very best he could to help our his mother and siblings, there was not enough money to be made in the farming industry which forced Victor and many others his age to seek other forms of income. This is a story about Victor's long and strenuous adventure to "cross the wire" into t ...more
Alexander Carranza
Apr 12, 2016 Alexander Carranza rated it really liked it
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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