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Desert Crossing (DTV Pocket Crime)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  402 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
There are some kinds of trouble you never see coming, like those thunderstorms that start from nothing at all. One minute the sky is bright blue and distant. Then, all of a sudden, it's dark and thick with clouds, pressing down right on top of you. The leaves turn silvery and twist in the wind, the air starts to hum, and the rain comes, so heavy and fast you can't even see ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. It's nothing like what I usually read but omg I'm so glad I picked this up. I don't really know what else to say about this book because it was that good. It was a twist of crime and mystery with a hint of romance and it was put together so well. I'd definitely recommend this book!
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!
I can't stop reading it!
I have literally read it 3+ times and am now reading it again.
I love the plot and the characters.
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought book was going to be a survival story and got a mystery combined with romance instead. I was a bit put off by the device the author used to remove the older brother from the story so the other boy and his younger sister could develop a relationship and try to solve a murder. I mean, is it me, or is a 30-40 something year old woman having a sexual affair with a just turned 18 year old boy who the police left in her custody after he supposedly hit a teen on the road while drinking....wel ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a reread for me. I read it in 2007 for the first time and I remember really loving it! Reading it again in 2015 I can still see why I liked it. It is quite short and really fast paced. The mystery factor in this book is definitely what keeps you going, turning the pages as fast as you can. I loved the romance aspect of this book (both of them), and while the ending wasn't perfect, that's kind of what made it great. Because love is never perfect. Some of the aspects of the story are a li ...more
On découvre ce roman surtout pour son ambiance, pour sa tension psychologique et pour ses personnages qui se révèlent forts et fragiles à mesure que l'histoire avance... J'ai une préférence pour toute la première moitié du livre, la deuxième partie est plus convenue (mais c'est aussi là que se construit l'enquête).
Alice au Pays des Livres
J'ai vraiment bien aimé ce livre, une histoire très sympa et des personnages attachants. Mais sans plus : je n'ai pas ressenti grand chose. Une lecture sympathique ! :)
May 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
After u read the first two chapters u begin to wonder how this book made it out of the editing room.
La mélodie des mots
Une lecture légère et estivale. Ce genre de livre qui fait du bien, qui nous tient en haleine mais qui ne nous marquera pas à vie. Bref, un livre à lire sur une plage au soleil! :)
Brandon Clark
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Desert Crossing by Elise Broach is a great novel which combines perfect amounts of mystery and romance. This book was written to entertain teenagers and young adults with amusing scenes and mysterious dilemmas. Throughout the book, the reader can enjoy entertaining character dialogue as well as a unique and well designed plot. With a few unanswered questions at the beginning of the story, readers can anxiously anticipate the result.
The main theme of Desert Crossing is that you should make the
Liam Donohue
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book love #2 - Liam donohue
In Desert crossing by Elise Broach the story line is simple. Basically the main character Lucy, her brother Jamie, and her brothers friend Kit going to her dads for spring break when they believe to have hit a girl in amidst a brutal rain storm. Lucy pleads for them to turn around, Jamie listens. They saw a house down the highway and drove there while Jamie stayed with the body. The lady who lives there was named Beth and when the police forced the kids to stay in kil
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

DESERT CROSSING is a teenage road trip gone wrong.

Lucy Martinez is headed cross country to her father's for spring break. She is in the backseat, her brother is driving, and his best friend is hogging "shotgun". They are driving through the desert of New Mexico on their way to Phoenix. It's dark and rainy, the guys have been drinking, and they hit something in the road. Lucy convinces her brother to turn around and check it out. W
Valérie Carreau
Mon avis: Un excellent roman policier jeunesse, une écriture des plus agréable et un univers vraiment intriguant, j'ai adoré cette lecture. Encore un petit bijou de la collection Doado des éditions du Rouergue

Du coté de l'histoire: Deux jeunes garçons de 18 ans Jamie et Kit (son meilleur ami) accompagnés de Lucy, 14 ans, la petite sœur de ce premier, sont sur la route des vacances pour retrouver le père de ceux-ci. Tout se passait bien jusqu’à ce qu’ils traversent un désert au Nouveau Mexique
Collin 8-3
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I would recomend this book to anyone who loves mystery
Collin Adams
Desert Crossing

The book I read was called Desert Crossing. The author of it is Elise Broach. This book is about as young lady named Lucy Martinez who travels with here brother Jamie and his friend kit. They set off on the back roads to phoenix to go see their father. After a while of driving Kit and Jamie get real thirsty and so they wipe out a few bears to drink till they get out of the desert. Eventually it started to rain real hard and Jamie could hardly see the road ahe
Meenu Ravi
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The novel "Desert Crossing" by Elise Broach was very pleasing to read. First, it was very suspenseful. For example, at the end of chapter one, it finished off with the words " it wasn't an animal. It was a girl, her slim arm curving across the gravel, like a ballerina's. Oh my god!I thought." Jamie believes that the object that they hit was a coyote, but when I found out that it was a girl, I had to keep on reading to find out what happens because they teenagers are out in the middle of nowhere. ...more
El Templo
Lucy y Jamie son hermanos. Ella tiene catorce años y él los dieciocho recién cumplidos. El plan para las vacaciones es ir en coche desde Kansas hasta Phoenix, donde les espera su padre. Sin embargo, el viaje no saldrá como esperan. En primer lugar, porque Jamie decide invitar a su insoportable mejor amigo Kirk, y en segundo porque, en mitad del desierto, en plena tormenta, tienen un accidente al chocar contra algo. Cuando retroceden para ver qué ha sido descubren el cadáver de una chica junto a ...more
Mrrik Noubarentz
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I chose the book Desert Crossing by Elise Broach because it thought it looked intresting and mysterious. This book is about a girl named Lucy Martinez going on a trip to Phoenix with her brother Jamie and her brothers friend Kit. While they are driving, it starts raining. As they drive they see a shadowy figure go in front of a car and ran over it. they stop the car to see a girl lying in the middle of the road. When they go up to it, they see she is dead.
They then get Bess, a woman who lives ne
Anna Valdez
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Anna Valdez
Period 5/6
Desert Crossing
Elise Broach
Pages:don't remember
Book Rating:8

The person who changed the most was her brothers friend, because he started to like this girl (forgot the character name). An internal conflict was when she started to like him but he was going out with other girl and he already told her that he liked her, an external conflict is when they fount out that they hit something when they're were driving and they didn't know what to do. I rated this book with a 8 because
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Lucy Martinez is travelling across the desert with her brother Jamie and his best friend Kit when their car hits what they think is a coyote. They go back and find a girl, dead in the road. Lucy is filled with fear and guilt, thinking they've killed the girl. But all is not as it seems.

I've read this book over and over for years. I could probably recite it by heart. It's tense and full of twists, with some genuinely creepy moments. I love the non-relationship between Lucy and Kit but I'll admit
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
I heard Elise Broach speak at a library conference--mostly she talked about her other book, Shakespeare's Secret, which, since I took a college class on Shakespeare, was quite interesting. However, when reading the book flaps of that book and this one, Desert Crossing sounded far more interesting to me. This is for older teens--there's a murder and an 18-year-old having an affair with a 30+ -year-old woman and the implication of a man who is a serial rapist--but I think a high school age kid cou ...more
Erin Forson
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
What kind of person takes jewelry from a dead body? That's the question when Jamie, Kit and Lucy drive across New Mexico on the way to a Spring Break adventure and they hit something on the road. They back up and find a dead girl lying in a ditch. They tell someone, but is that really the right thing to do? Interestingly, this is not just a mystery, but there are two romances heating up in the novel as well. I loved the mystery and the quick chapters that made the action go much faster. The only ...more
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good little mystery with some romance added in. It is told from a girl’s perspective, so I think boys might not like it as much. I liked it, and you might too!

Summary: For fourteen-year-old Lucy Martinez, the moment when everything changes comes one night during a long car trip with her older brother and his friend Kit. They are on their way to visit Lucy's father for spring break, but never make it. While driving across northern New Mexico through a blinding rainstorm, their
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Mike Miller
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jan Blazanin
Sep 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery and suspense lovers
Recommended to Jan by: my writing group
This was an unusual book, and I'd probably rate it 3.5 stars because of the author's skill as a writer. But the characters of Lucy and Kit annoyed me much of the time. Lucy seemed whiny and Kit was a jerk. The attraction between Jamie and Beth was much more plausible than Lucy's make-out sessions with Kit. And the plot seemed to drag at times as they drove back and forth across the state. However, it kept me turning pages to find out what happened to the mysterious girl, so it was successful in ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised me. Initially, I thought it would be based simply around three teenagers- JAmie, Kit and Lucy, coming to terms with the fact that they had killed a girl. And yet, as I read on, I realised it was so much more then that. It blended murder, mystery and romance together perfectly, which made for a very interesting read. It really keeps you on your feet, it was very suspenseful and written very well. I really enjoyed this book- the characters were well developed and the plo ...more
Ronaliza Tedranes
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thriller, suspense, and a little bit of romance. I'm really not into reading this kind of book. But as I start reading Desert Crossing, I cant help but turn the page and finish reading so that I would know what really happened on the girl.

Thought it was like other story about teenage road trip gone wrong because of an accident and the victim would revenge by killing them all.. :D But I was wrong.

I admire the bravery Lucy had shown. And she would be a good detective. :D
Stephanie Hutchings
Sep 30, 2014 is currently reading it
The book is called Desert Crossing. The authors name is Elise broach. The book is about how a couple of kids are traveling to see their father in Phoenix. It is raining hard, and it is around 7 o'clock and they hit something... They don't know what it is... An animal maybe? But they find something that they didn't want to see. My favorite part is when they are at Beth's house and they get a phone call from the police. If you like mystery and suspense, I recommend this book for you.
Ted Duke
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was hooked from page one. The little sister is stuck in the back seat listening to her big brother and his buddy talking about girls. I knew something unusual would be happening and I wasn't surprised. I immediately took a total dislike to the friend, Kit.

Not to spoil the story, but the little sister, Lucy, who they call Luce, is the level headed one in the group, with a sense of justice and more bravery than sense.

Enough said, a great read.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Five words to describe this book: mysterious, romantic, enjoyable, long,
This book was apparently a suspense story, and while there were a few good suspenseful moments, it seemed more like a complicated mystery, romance and suspense mix. The blurb doesn't go beyond revealing that three teenagers were in a car that hit and killed a young girl. It had great plot developments and some okay twists. It was boring at times and dragged on a little, but it was still enjoyable.
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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of children's books including Masterpiece, Shakespeare's Secret, Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain (the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy) as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, a New York Public ...more
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