Crossing the Line (Border Town Series #1)

Crossing the Line (Border Town Series #1)

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by Malin Alegria
     
 

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In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders -- and what happens when you cross the line.

Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios is full of borders -- where you should go, who your

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In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders -- and what happens when you cross the line.

Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola Garza and her younger sister Alexis, whose parents run a local Tex-Mex restaurant, Dos Rios is full of borders -- where you should go, who your friends should be, which boy you should date.

Dos Rios is also full of opportunities, but it's a town divided, between the haves and the have-nots, the Whites and the Mexicans-Americans, the Texans and the Mexicans, the legal and illegal. But through it all, the Garza sisters have each other. Water can be crossed, but blood is the ultimate borderline -- no matter what.

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Praise for Border Town #1: Crossing the Line

“Packed with action and surprising twists and turns up to the very last page, this start to the new Border Town series is a gripping mystery and also a warm, contemporary Latino drama of extended family and friends… With lots of laughs, especially about small town lack of privacy and about extended family, the drama is both suspenseful and touching.” --Booklist

“A fast-paced, easy-to-read book that Latino teenagers will enjoy to read – mostly because they will see themselves in the pages.” – The Hispanic Reader

Children's Literature - Susan Cotter
When fifteen-year-old Fabiola Garza goes to buy tampons and sees her male Sunday school teacher behind the register, she is sure the new school year in her small town on the Texas side of the border of Mexico is not off to the best start. She is right. Looking forward to mentoring her younger sister as she enters high school, Fabi is dismayed to see Alexis immediately get picked up by the cool crowd. Fabiola is even more upset when she catches her sister giving bad boy Dex Andrews the eye—and Dex giving it right back. Things go from bad to worse when a loyal but illegal employee at Garza's is mugged right outside the family restaurant and handsome cousin Santiago is blamed. Fabi overhears Dex bragging and is sure he is responsible, but how can she prove it? She devises a plan to expose Dex, clear her cousin, and open her sister's eyes all in one fell swoop. Alegria's character sketches are uneven but occasionally brilliant (e.g., the grandmothers). The dialog is sometimes canned. No matter; younger teen readers will enjoy the fast pace of this light, multicultural novel. Spanish-English glossary of terms in back. Part of the "BorderTown" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Fabiola Garza has long since accepted the enmity she feels for Dos Rios High School's popular kids and their troublesome ways. On the first day of school, they seem to stoop to a new level and start befriending her younger sister. Soon Alexis is dating bad boy Dex Andrews. When Chuy, an immigrant from Mexico, is mugged and Fabiola's cousin is accused of the crime, the girl can't help but believe that Dex is behind it. When she overhears him bragging about it to his friends, she becomes determined to prove Santiago's innocence and save her sister from Dex. The characters aren't well developed, but they're likable. The plot moves fairly quickly and has some depth to it. The writing style is smooth and easy to follow. The author does a great job of interspersing Spanish words and phrases without them being intrusive. An adequate choice for fans of urban fiction or those who are interested in books about tensions among various groups.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Library, Murray, UT
Kirkus Reviews
In the first title in the Border Town series, Alegría introduces Fabiola "Fabi" Garza, a Mexican-American teen in the fictitious Texas border town of Dos Rios. Although her best friend, Georgia Rae, moved away over the summer, Fabi is looking forward to a new school year, since she can finally show her younger sister Alexis the ropes at Dos Rios High. Working as a server in her family's Mexican restaurant, Fabi is joined by a colorful cast of friends and familia. Against her sister's advice, Alexis takes up with the popular crowd at school, including football hotshot Dex Andrews. The book quickly takes a darker turn when restaurant employee Chuy is mugged and beaten while covering Fabi's shift. While her parents and others suspect her cousin Santiago, Fabi believes he is innocent, regardless of his past troubles. Meanwhile, Alexis begins lying to her family to spend more time with Dex and resenting Fabi's sisterly advice. Overhearing someone bragging at a party about mugging undocumented immigrants, Fabi believes she knows who robbed Chuy. After Santiago ends up in jail, Fabi realizes she has to reveal what she knows. The author sprinkles Spanish words naturally in the text, tackles timely issues without preaching and provides enough light moments to balance the tone. A welcome entry into the teen market, especially for Bluford Series fans. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545402408
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Border Town Series, #1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
548,500
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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