The Border

The Border

by Steve Schafer

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The Border by Steve Schafer

Perfect for readers of This Is Where it Ends, The Border is a gripping drama about four teens, forced to flee home after a deadly cartel rips apart their families. They must now face life-threatening danger and unimaginable sacrifice as they attempt to cross the U.S. border.

"Thrilling...often brilliant."—Kirkus

One moment changed their lives forever.

A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them.

Crack. Crack. Crack.

Not fireworks—gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them.

Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families' murders have put out a reward for the teens' capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492646839
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 459,130
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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The Border 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More appreciation to those who come to this country. good short read ?
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe how important I think “The Border” is for everyone from middle grade up to read. The story really put a face on the plights of those crossing the US border from the south. The author did meticulous research and took great care to tell the story in an easy to understand manner. This would be perfect for classroom and child/parent discussions. It’s also a good choice for reluctant readers and those looking for diversity in their books. Highly recommended. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Haley_S More than 1 year ago
From gun violence to sexual assault. To mental illness and racism. An increasing number of YA authors are tackling tough topics. And while there are YA and MG books that have changed my thinking, or challenged my perspective- Speak. Challenger Deep. All American Boys. The Hate U Give. Dear Martin- there are few that have incited action. Steve Schafer's The Border takes you straight into the heart of La Frontera, and Mexico's narco war. When four teenage friends-Pato, Arbo, Gladys, and Marcus-barely escape with their lives after their family and friends are brutally murdered, they begin an impossible trek across the Mexico's hottest desert. Navigating wound-inflicting cacti, relentless heat, and the watchful eyes of the Border Patrol, Pato, and his friends give illegal immigration a face. This is one of those books that need to be in our world. This book does for illegal immigration what The Hate U Give did for the Black Lives Matter movement and what Alan Gratz's book did for refugees. I'll lean on this book to guide discussions on empathy and compassion. After finishing this book, you'll think again the next time you see an immigrant. And, if you're like me, you'll head straight to websites like Humane Borders or Border Angels and make a donation to help fund water stations throughout the immigration trails.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Imagine going to a “quincinera,” a 15th birthday party in a small Mexican town, which turns into a mass murder scene! When it’s all over, three young men and a young woman are the remaining survivors who know that drug gang members or narcos have wiped out their entire family! It’s a quick, brutal beginning and the reader would think that anything that follows is anticlimactic but the journey these youths are about to undertake “to the north” is anything but sedate. Marcos and Gladys are siblings, and Pato and Arbo are cousins. Marcos is a strong but shady character. He’s obviously not always telling the truth but he knows more about the dangerous situation they are attempting to escape. Gladys is a vulnerable young girl whose brother is very protective of her. Pato and Arbo are simple guys who seem to be having the hardest time dealing with the memories. One of the guys wonders over and over if he could have prevented the disaster if he had spoken about the suspicious looking car parked outside of the party. The journey begins with a phenomenal car chase in which Marcos’s ability to use a gun saves them from immediate capture. But then they must deal with serious physical problems from a cactus plant, rattlesnakes, and the devastating effect of being dehydrated. The desert is a brutal, merciless place where the furnace-like heat parches them all to exhaustion. Snippets of memories fill the moments while they travel, juxtaposing the life-threatening present situation in which they now find themselves. When it’s all done, they know they will have each other’s backs forever! The Border is a starkly realistic story about immigrants seeking asylum in America, Mexicans who are not criminals or evil people. Indeed, this scenario is probably true for the majority of those escaping brutal regimes or criminals in many countries. It certainly forces the reader to rethink the reality that so contrasts with political statements presently being touted and certainly forms a laudatory background for those fighting the effort to stop immigration with a blanket law that ignores life and death decisions calling for phenomenal courage and action! Recommended reading, indeed! Food for soul-searching thought!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I was asked by the author, through Goodreads, if I would like to read and review his book, The Border by Steve Schafer. I found the synopsis interesting and decided I wanted to check into it and I am very happy that I did! The Border begins with a great introduction containing action and intense suspense and tragedy. This is an excellent book, earning a 5 star rating from me, and I couldn't put it down. I needed time to process all of the story's events before writing a review because the story felt intensely realistic and the dynamic characters are complex and original and touched my heart and mind. The story also shows humor in the face of death, with greed making terrible events even worse. I'm definitely purchasing this book for the library when it's available on September 5, 2017! The author created a fictional tale and characters based on the struggles that real people have gone through and he did this beautifully! I know students whose family members have crossed the Mexican/American border and some that have done this themselves. The story opens with an innocent quinceanera with neighbors, family members and friends attending. The fun lasts for moments before tragedy strikes in the form of gang members and guns. We have all heard about the violence and drug wars and poverty in Mexico. The Border opened my eyes to these problems with clarity and empathy. Four teenagers survive the shooting and run for their lives because a gunman spotted them. The story deals with their loss of the lives they have grown up in and the difficult trek they embark on to find safety. Their journey is in no way easy and they learn to rely on each other. Heartbreaking, educational and interesting realistic fiction story worthy of 5 stars! Highly recommended! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 3.5 Stars A terrifying thriller from start to finish that explores family, culture, fear, and the depths of survival. A fast-paced plot made more sinister by the truth behind its story.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars If only Pato would have said something about the mystery car that was parked outside on the street, perhaps things might have been different. But Pato dismissed the car once he was inside the party, overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of relatives and family, the birthday party was just beginning. As the boys smoked their cigarettes back behind the house, the real excitement was occurring at the party, excitement that will have lasting effects. It was the gunfire that brought the boys running in, the bodies lying in groups and individually, the room was hopeless. There was a confrontation, one gunman is shot and one is furious to see his brother lying dead. Thus, begins the fight between these groups of individuals. The boys and one sister are now on the run but where can they find shelter in a corrupt Mexican world? What gang would do this to their families and why? Quick thinking, leads them to an individual who loves his liquor but also carries strong feelings towards the world he lives in. With their photographs being plastered everywhere, these four young individuals must decide what to do with their lives. Mexico seems to be, no longer an option, they must cross the border yet people are looking for them and the gang will not let them survive. It’s a race against time, against criminals and individuals who want to turn them in and it’s a race against the elements. From the beginning pages, this novel took off. As they made their journey, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat worried with anxiety and anticipation. What awaited them as they made their way and would they all actually survive, were my main concerns. I enjoyed the confrontations and the struggles that the group experienced. Try to image what it would be like crossing an unknown territory while being under the scrutiny of others, would you be able to handle it? I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
This book starts slowly enough. Kids at a boring family and friends occasion in Mexico, celebrating a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Four of the teenagers – Pato, Arbo, Gladys and Marcos – escape for a quiet cigarette away from the adults and other kids. A few puffs (and coughs), then the book explodes with a bang – and another bang – and screaming. In a few short violent minutes, everything that was dear to the four has been obliterated by a hail of narco bullets. Violence engendered by the drug lord narcos is an everyday occurrence in northern Mexico, but it doesn’t usually affect the families of upstanding hard-working people – such as Pato and Arbo’s fathers. So, they are at a loss to understand why they have been targeted. And why today at a young girl’s birthday party? One thing all four are immediately aware of, is that the narcos will not stop until all people who were at the party have been executed. Soon they are running for their lives – no real plan, except to get out of Mexico, where the narco influence is too strong, and hopefully into USA, where the narcos have less power. The border of the title, is the US/Mexican border, which they need to cross if they will ever be safe. It is also the name of the narco gang that is hunting them. The story is narrated by Pato, who is sixteen, remarkably level-headed and mature. Arbo is his best friend and cousin, who fears the loss of his good memories of his father, more than he fears his own death. Marcos, at seventeen, is the oldest, and most volatile of the four. Up to now, Marcos has been an alpha male, popular and good at sports. He does not adapt well to his new role, and is always looking for ways to reassert his status. His machismo, and overprotectiveness of his sister, Gladys, cause the group additional problems. Gladys is fifteen, an artist and a dreamer. Because Pato has narrated the story, you are pretty sure that he will survive. But who else will live is not certain. You quickly become invested in the fate of each of the four, and will them to live. The narcos are seldom far behind, but more treacherous still is the Sonoran desert, that the teenagers have been forced to cross with little preparation. The aridity and heat of the desert almost come palpable as you read the book. You thirst and burn along with the teenagers Along the way, the teenagers are helped by a few good Samaritans who place their own lives in danger by their altruistic aid. Could we do the same – or would the fear be too great? These teenagers have been driven from their homes and lives by situations well beyond their control. They do not want to become illegal immigrants, but have no choice. Reading this book, you cannot fail to sympathise with the four. It makes you then consider all the other thousands, millions of immigrants around the world. Who should be given a safe haven? Did they have a choice? Is the journey worth the privations that they suffer? Are the people traffickers always evil, or a necessity for the travellers? Will the states of the first world really suffer so much if we let immigrants in? This is a very well written book, that tells a vivid and tense, fast-paced tale, with strong characterisation, and excellent prose. You can read it as a suspense-filled adventure story – but the moral questions it raises make it an even greater read. I highly recommend it. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review