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Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
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Dec 13, 09

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5th-up Independent read

Hobbs takes us on a journey through the eyes of fifteen year old Victor Flores. Not able to support his widowed mother and siblings because of falling corn prices, Victor makes the difficult decision to leave his family and attempts to cross the dangerous border between Mexico and the United States. The reader is drawn right along with Victor as he jumps trains, suffers from hunger and thirst, and faces near death encounters. Hobbs places the reader in the book along side Victor experiencing the many emotions he is facing. There is a good combination of dialogue and descriptive text and will keep the older reader unable to put it down.

Social Studies/Science

The students could do a study on the survival in the deserts of Arizona. How long can a person go without water?
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