Desert Crossing: A Novel

Desert Crossing: A Novel

by Elise Broach
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Desert Crossing: A Novel by Elise Broach

There are some kinds of trouble you never see coming, like those thunderstorms that start from nothing at all. One minute the sky is bright blue and distant. Then, all of a sudden, it's dark and thick with clouds, pressing down right on top of you. The leaves turn silvery and twist in the wind, the air starts to hum, and the rain comes, so heavy and fast you can't even see. You almost never make it to the house on time.

A dead body on the road—who is responsible and how will it affect the lives of three teens?

For fourteen-year-old Lucy Martinez, the moment when everything changes comes one night during a long car trip with her older brother and his friend Kit. They are on their way to visit Lucy's father for spring break, but never make it. While driving across northern New Mexico through a blinding rainstorm, their car hits something—an animal, they think. But when they backtrack, they find a dead body on the side of the road.

With amazing insight and compelling prose, Elise Broach charts a suspenseful journey full of danger, loss, and painful self-discovery. What will happen to the lives of three teenagers who can suddenly no longer pretend innocence?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466831940
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,066,233
File size: 261 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Masterpiece and Shakespeare's Secret, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.


Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain, the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, an IRA Teacher’s Choice, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.

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Desert Crossing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forwards and then blackness came with pain on me. I will never wake i thought as i slowly drifted to the earth. Never again.~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever since i started reading elise broach books i just felt like i understood them,I stared reading shakespears secreat first,but then i started reading masterpiece and i just got conected
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
DESERT CROSSING is a teenage road trip gone wrong.

Lucy Martinez is headed cross country to her father's for spring break. She is in the backseat, her brother is driving, and his best friend is hogging "shotgun". They are driving through the desert of New Mexico on their way to Phoenix. It's dark and rainy, the guys have been drinking, and they hit something in the road. Lucy convinces her brother to turn around and check it out. When they retrace their path, they discover a dead girl.

Oh man, now what? The three teens are in shock. The nearest house is owned by an artist named Beth. She helps them out by dialing 911 and taking them in out of the rain. The police arrive and begin the investigation. Due to the presence of beer fumes in the car, Lucy's brother Jamie is hauled to jail for the night. Beth agrees to let Lucy and Kit stay the night at her house.

The teens are soon cleared of any wrong-doing when it's discovered that the girl died of a heart attack and was probably already dead when her body was left at the side of the road. Jamie is released from jail, and the three remain at the artist's house until the investigation is wrapped up. Meanwhile, Lucy can't sleep and believes she must help catch the person who left this girl on the side of the road.

DESERT CROSSING grabs the reader right from the start. Lucy's first-person narrative is real and honest. Many things complicate the teens' situation. Jamie is attracted to Beth the artist, Kit and Lucy begin a questionable relationship, and there are tense phone calls to update Lucy's parents. All are surrounded by questions about the dead girl, but Elise Broach keeps things flowing so smoothly, the pages seem to fly by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I think I have ever read I mean I read the book 5 times already and I just got it like 2 weeks ago. I can't let go of it. If your the type of person that likes murder, adventure, and romance all in one book you just have to read it......Elise Broach PLEASE write a sequele!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book. It was a mix of almost everything.I finished it in one night, 12:00 in the afternoon till' 4:00 in the morning hah with breaks of course even though i did'nt want to take any :D. Anyone who likes mystery,thriller, and a bit of romance should read this. I'm sure you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, you could not stop reading it, you can't stop reading because you want to know what happens in the next chapter. I recommend this book to everyone. Probably one of the best books I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i reccomend it to everyone..I hope the story continues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DESERT CROSSING is a teenage road trip gone wrong. Lucy Martinez is headed cross country to her father's for spring break. She is in the backseat, her brother is driving, and his best friend is hogging 'shotgun'. They are driving through the desert of New Mexico on their way to Phoenix. It's dark and rainy, the guys have been drinking, and they hit something in the road. Lucy convinces her brother to turn around and check it out. When they retrace their path, they discover a dead girl. Oh man, now what? The three teens are in shock. The nearest house is owned by an artist named Beth. She helps them out by dialing 911 and taking them in out of the rain. The police arrive and begin the investigation. Due to the presence of beer fumes in the car, Lucy's brother Jamie is hauled to jail for the night. Beth agrees to let Lucy and Kit stay the night at her house. The teens are soon cleared of any wrong-doing when it's discovered that the girl died of a heart attack and was probably already dead when her body was left at the side of the road. Jamie is released from jail, and the three remain at the artist's house until the investigation is wrapped up. Meanwhile, Lucy can't sleep and believes she must help catch the person who left this girl on the side of the road. DESERT CROSSING grabs the reader right from the start. Lucy's first-person narrative is real and honest. Many things complicate the teens' situation. Jamie is attracted to Beth the artist, Kit and Lucy begin a questionable relationship, and there are tense phone calls to update Lucy's parents. All are surrounded by questions about the dead girl, but Elise Broach keeps things flowing so smoothly, the pages seem to fly by. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was so awesome. I hope everyone reads it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book. It was sooo real like. U could understand it all and I've never read anything like it before. It had a mystery part, it was a thriller, a romance and it was awsome.