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The Crossing

by Gary Paulsen

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Manny is a 14-year-old orphan living in Juarez who dreams of crossing the border in hopes of a better life. After his first unsuccessful attempt to cross the border illegally, he runs into a gang of kidnappers but fortunately, he manages to escape. Unfortunatly, he'll run into the same group of men later in the book. The same night of his crossing attempt he meets a sergeant suffering from PTSD. This meeting will ultimately change both of their lives forever.

This book gives good insight on how people from different parts of the world have to live in order to survive, and why so many choose to cross the US-Mexico border illegally in search of a better life. It's also about a soldier suffering from PTSD and how he chooses to cope with it.

Two lost souls looking for a better tomorrow. ( )
  JessicaGarcia6 | Mar 5, 2017 |
Originally published: New York : Orchard Books, c1987.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
Originally published: New York : Orchard Books, c1987.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
Originally published: New York : Orchard Books, c1987.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
Originally published: New York : Orchard Books, c1987.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
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Manny Bustos awakened when the sun cooked the cardboard over his head and heated the box he was sleeping in until even a lizard could not have taken it, and he knew, suddenly, that it was time.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439786614, Mass Market Paperback)

A critically acclaimed tearjerker from a master storyteller: On one side of the border is brutality and heartache; on the other side--a new life.

14yo Manny is an orphan in Juarez, Mexico. He competes with his bigger, meaner rivals for the coins American tourists throw off the bridge between Texas and his town. Across that heavily guarded bridge await a different world and a better existence.
On the night when Manny dares the crossing--through the muddy shallows of the Rio Grande, past the searchlights and the border patrol--the young man encounters an old stranger who could prove to be an ally or an enemy. Manny can't tell for certain. But if he is to achieve his dream, then he must be willing to risk everything--even his life.

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Fourteen-year-old Manny, a street kid fighting for survival in a Mexican border town, develops a strange friendship with an emotionally disturbed American soldier who decides to help him get across the border.

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