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Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
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Oct 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult-novels
Read in October, 2011

Regardless of how you feel about illegal immigration into the United States from Mexico, it is hard not to find Victor a sympathetic character. At fifteen years of age, he sets out for El Norte to save his family. His father has died, and with the rapid decline of corn crops as a means of income in Mexico, his mother and younger siblings need him to go to the United States to work and send back money. His friend Rico left a few days before him for his own purposes -- basically, he thought the grass was greener on the other side. Both boys grow up as they make multiple attempts to cross the wire. The novel puts a human face on a complex issue and is worthy of reading and discussion. It is well researched and paints a realistic picture of the beautiful, yet harsh desert landscape in which Victor and Rico must survive.
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