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Posted February 24, 2009
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Maria Perez is a twelve year old girl who lives with her mother in Monterrey, Mexico.
Her father has died years ago, and she and her mother are struggling to keep their heads above water. Maria's mother works at the market, and not every workday at the market pays enough to buy food for both of them.. One day something terrible happens and Maria is forced to leave her house to live in in a children's home for girls.
Will their circle of poverty and bad luck ever change? Maria prays every night for her mother and that they will soon be together, and that they will live in better cirumstances. Luckily she gets out of the girls house, to live with her mother at the house of their Aunt Linda and Uncle Carlos. Uncle Carlos has big alcohol problems, and it seems that Maria and her mother are not really save there. And then..the decision is made. They will try to pass the border of Mexico and the United States. A very risky and dangerous decision and journey. But maybe this will be their only chance to break with the poverty and to build a new life in the United States.
The Crossing is just a fantastic and touching story of the other side of the Mexican Immigrant story. Something that is not very in the picture in the Netherlands here, but I think it is really interesting to read about. This is the kind of books I love to read, this is the kind of books where I love to blog about! Another real original story, written by a 15 year old author, Taylor Joseph. I am sure we will hear more about this already fabulous author in the future, this book is just the perfect debut book, I really am impressed!