The Crossing

The Crossing

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paulsen's latest novel is as ugly as a bad dream. Unfortunately, it's not a dream, but a potent expression of the brutal realities of a bridge that joins the golden highways of ``el norte'' (the U.S.) and the mud streets of neighboring Mexico. Young Manny wants to cross the bridge to the land of dreams and opportunity. Sargeant Locke, in turn, crosses the border from Fort Bliss, Tex., for a night in Juarez. There he drinks himself into a ``brain dead'' state to keep the ghosts of departed friends from coming to visit. Somewhere between misery and ugliness these two meet; both of them, on the periphery of normal living, are joined in a fateful, violent act that provides one with life and hope, and the other the chance to give, without giving up. Paulsen overburdens young readers with the harsh facts of a grown-up's perspective. But any work by such a proficient writer, who invokes a powerful sense of the tragic in readers young and old, is welcomewelcome indeed. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 11-13. (September)
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12 Manny is a small Mexican street boy in Juarez, an orphan who survives by using his wits and his speed against other desperate boys, against the evil street men who would kill or sell him, against starvation and death. Manny has only one chance to survive, and that means crossing the river into the United States, an incredibly dangerous undertaking for a small boy alone. Robert is a sergeant in the Army. His whole life consists of being a good officer during the day and surviving his haunted nights by drinking himself into oblivion. Robert is haunted by dead friends, gruesomely killed in war. Manny and Robert meet when the sergeant is being sick behind a bar and Manny tries to lift his wallet. Manny doesn't succeed, but this is the beginning of a relationship, brief and brutal, which leads to the sergeant's death and Manny's chance for survival. (Readers may question what language is being spoken, as it is made clear that Robert speaks no Spanish and Manny knows only enough English to hold a ``limited conversation.'' However, it shouldn't matter, as the two have little verbal communication.) Paulsen creates a stark, moving portrait of Mexican poverty and street life, of the desperation facing those who attempt ``the crossing.'' Like the relationship between Robert and Manny, this book is brief and brutal but ends on a note of hope. The short length and simple writing style should give this book special appeal for high-school students who are reluctant readers. Rosie Peasley, Sylvan Union Sch . Dist . , Modesto, Calif.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439786614
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/12/2005
Series:
Point Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
259,377
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Gary Paulsen has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is considered one of the most important writers for young adults today. Three of his novels — HATCHET, DOGSONG, and THE WINTER ROOM — were Newbery Honor books, and his works frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.
Mr. Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between their home in New Mexico, a boat in the Pacific, and adventures in the wilderness.

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Crossing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waste of time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something you don't want to hear in a Tatoo Parlor: "There's two O's in Bob, right?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a school project. I thought, what an easy read. Good book except for the ending. I see where Veronica Roth gets her ending ideas from.
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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I was torn to whether or not I liked this book. It was difficult to get through, even though it is a very short novel. It had a enjoyable and thoughtful plot, but poor sentence structure, that made it difficult to comprehend what was going on. I concure that some will like this book, but others will hate it indefinitely.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Manny is a Mexican kid age fourteen how is trying to get to America. He doesn¿t eat some days and is starving. Every once in a while he gets a free meal. Throughout the book he is planning the crossing and it gets set back a lot. The first time he try¿s he meats Robert a border patrol. Robert is really nice to him. He gives him food and money then these two guys tries to take Manny to make him a slave. Robert beat them up but in the posses¿ gat stabbed. He went and got to America and got medical help. Then Manny now it was time for the crossing before he got captured. It had a lot of action but it never really had a good resolution. It¿s not part of a sequel so you can¿t really figure out what happened. He really makes you feel like you are their. When Robert was betting up toughs guys He was explaining how it looked for Robert. I would recommend this book to anyone how has had hard times with money. Then to also people how think they have it hard. Some other books I would reccomend If you like this book would be Hairs and Me By Gary Paulsen. It is also about a fourteen year old going though some hard times but not as hard as Manny
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a great book and i liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, compelling, exciting and most of all, true these are all traits of the book The Crossing. Gary Paulsen has really outdone himself on this piece of work. This book is real. I think it¿s a great way to express the truth. This is not Gary Paulsen¿s usual wilderness survival story, but about the wild streets of San Juarez Mexico. This survival story starts with Manny Ramirez an, orphaned boy with amazing street-senses that is stuck living in a cardboard box in Mexico when he longs for the United States. Manny survives by fighting for coins thrown off a bridge by tourists. One day Manny meets a sergeant, who has dreams about the men he killed in the Great War. When the two worlds collide there is a pain, truth and ultimate betrayal. Will the sergeant help Manny out of Mexico? This compelling and moving reality check that will show you what poverty really means in the poorest countries in the world and what that means for the people living in them. This gripping book will keep you wondering, who will die and who will survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Manny Bustos is a 13 year old boy struggling for life on the streets of Juarez, Mexico I seriously think you should read this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Crossing was a really good book. I enjoyed reading it. It wasn't as long as I thought it would be. You should read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a great book for all ages. Manny Bustos is a young kid who is trying to survive from hunger. He leaves on the Streets of Juarez, Mexico. Manny begs for money at the bridge going to Juarez and The United States. Manny meets a soldier who is really nice to him and helps him out a lot. It¿s hard for Manny to survive out in the dangerous streets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is about a boy named Manny who fights for survival.He meets a sergeant who helps him across the border.My favorite part was when the sergeant dies trying to help manny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Manny Bustos is a poor homeless boy who lives in Juarez, Mexico. Manny struggles to get by to the next day. He meets Robert Locke many times during the book. Robert is nice to Manny,and dies trying help him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who lives in Juarez, Mexico. He lives on the street living day to day begging for food and money. He fights the other boys on the streets to survive. Manny wants to cross the El Paso to Texas for a better life he but needs help. Manny meets a sergeant named Robert S. Locke who befriends Manny. This book is very non-eventful. It has a story and a plot with in it, but the book could have gone a lot faster. I didn't really enjoy this book because it too simple and there wasn't enough action or complicated plot in it. This book would be good for middle schoolers who are looking for a fast read about another culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a Mexican boy who is trying to get across the American border to start a new life in the United States of America. My favorite part was at the end when the Sergant got in a fight with the cyotes and got killed for Manny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is okay it's about a boy who thinks he's at least 14 who lives in Mexico but does'nt know his real age so he wants to leave Mexico and go to another country so he can find a job get money and buy himself so new clothes and stuff and probably even a house for him to live in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The crossing, by Gary Paulsen is one of the best books that I have ever read in my life. It is about twelve year old Manny who is attempting to get across the border. Manny meets a soldier with problems but they both become the best of friends. This book is definitely the best book that I have ever read and I recommend it to everyone. This novel is one of Paulsen's greatest books. It was a great book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read was about a kid named Manny Bustos, an orphan who lives in Juarez, Mexico. He has red hair and is very tall. Manny has ragged clothes and is very hungry because he has no money. Manny is a male that is 12 years old. Manny lives in a cardboard box and gets food from Mexico to the United States. Manny meets a sergeant named Robert in a club. They didn't like each other at first, but then became friends because they had alot in common. Robert is trying to help Manny cross the border because Robert wants him to have a better life. My favorite part in the book was when Manny and Robert became friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was okay. A boy named Manny Bustos was an orphan who lived in Juarez, Mexico. He tries to cross a river and gets caught by a soldier named Robert Locke. He was a Vietnam veteran who always had flashbacks and always drank. Manny and Robert became friends. My favorite part of the book was when Manny got his green card and went to the U.S. to live. Nobody would do that in real life.