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Crossing the Wire

by Will Hobbs Paperback
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Product Information

  • AR Level4.3
  • AR Quiz Number105478
  • AR Quiz Points8
  • AuthorWill Hobbs
  • Page Count224
  • ISBN100060741406
  • ISBN139780060741402
  • PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
  • Year Published2007
  • Grade Level5 - 9
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectGeneral fiction (Children's/YA)
    Social issues (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level670

Product Description

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 trucks, and hikes grueling miles through the Arizona desert. Victor's journey is fraught with danger, freezing cold, scorching heat, hunger, and dead ends. It's a gauntlet run by millions attempting to cross the border. Through Victor's often desperate struggle, Will Hobbs brings to life one of the great human dramas of our time.

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