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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Hobbs Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440756313
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The acclaimed author of seven ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Will Hobbs pens a spellbinding true-to-life adventure. With nothing but dogged determination, 15-year-old Victor leaves his Mexican village to illegally enter the U.S. and help his starving family. Soon he must outwit gangs, drug-runners, and border agents as he endures shivering nights, blistering days, and gnawing hunger. But can his longing for the beckoning opportunity of El Norte carry him through such impossible obstacles?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hobbs’ latest puts a human face on the controversial issue of illegal immigration…[his] effort to show a broad view of the border-crossing experience, often by incorporating the hard-luck tales of Victor’s acquaintances, results in a story arc that occasionally feels artificial. But the questions raised here are provocative and worthwhile and the propulsive adventure-and-survival elements will keep Hobbs’ core audience hooked.”

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  • “The author deftly weaves information concerning the local geography and customs into the plot. The story is well paced, sustaining readers’ attention throughout. Pair this novel with Ann Jaramillo’s La Línea , another fictional view of young people crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/9/2014

    " The 7th graders at my school all read this book and we were lucky enough to have the author come talk with our students this year so that motivated me to read this book.(on a side note I also did a workshop this summer with his brother who is a State Supreme Court Justice here in CO). A compelling read and look at what people will do to come to the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/6/2014

    " Well-researched, didactic novel about the struggles of a young illegal immigrant. I read it with my boys and had wonderful conversations with them about the many facets of this complex subject. I'm so glad my 9-year-old's teacher assigned it. I'd never heard of it, but it should be required reading if you live in the Southwest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Larson | 1/1/2014

    " Cool book learned alot about Mexico and how tough it is for poor Mexican Familys "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kara.✌ | 12/30/2013

    " a really really really bad ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leenah | 12/15/2013

    " At the beginning i thought the book was really boring, but it gets really interesting later on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 11/28/2013

    " This realistic adventure traces its protagonist's journey "crossing the wire" from Mexico to the states. Good adventure with a sympathetic protagonist that will help kids identify more with illegal immigrants who must risk all to come to the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Herrera | 11/18/2013

    " This is just one of the many books written by the amazing author Will Hobbs.Full of adventure and risks this is a great page turnig book to read.I read this 2x so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noob | 11/18/2013

    " this book had its ups and downs but was very interesting.it was sad in some parts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 8/16/2012

    " What an adventure! Victor Flores proves a true love of his family. This book made me appreciate my citizenship like never before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/6/2012

    " Good book for teens who think they have it rough. This is rough...just day to day survival in modern times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/8/2012

    " Rereading for Guys Read, March 2013. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Efrain Gomez | 3/29/2012

    " this book is about a kid named victor he lives in mexico and his family needs money so he tryes to cross the boarder to the usa so he can get money so he can send money to his family in mexico "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christianne | 2/23/2012

    " Great book for a middle school English class. Lots of action. Lots of ideas to explore about the nature of our relationship with Mexico and the affects of the world economy on the everyday lives of people. Not to mention racism, family relationships, friendship, and so much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 9/30/2011

    " This book was O.K. It had a pretty descent plot and some action but was one that I didn't really enjoy that much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will H. | 8/27/2011

    " Crossing the Wire was a ok book. It was boring at times but interesting. I would give this book a 5 out of 10. I didnt enjoy reading it that much. Lastly, Crossing the Wire is a good book for outdoors people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arturosvera | 5/24/2011

    " its about a boy called carlos and he way of living in the us and how he get trow he goes to school and gets robed but he makes it thow and he saty out of trble and if ur in the mood tyo read a book about in immgrint u should reed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 5/6/2011

    " Cool book learned alot about Mexico and how tough it is for poor Mexican Familys "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela | 3/28/2011

    " Got to met MR. Hobbs. Cool guy. Cool book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DeAnna | 2/28/2011

    " What is it like to be an illegal immigrant? Read this fictional book to find out. You may find that you sympathize with them a little more after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/26/2011

    " This is a book the 6th graders read at our school - I was curious, so I read it myself. It's a good story that makes me thankful for the opportunities we have, and hopeful that all who want to come to America to better their lives can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 12/22/2010

    " Crossing The Wire by Will Hobbs.It is an fiction. Why I think you should this book is because it is intersting and full of action. It has a good number of pages in the book. There are 259 pages, which makes it a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/23/2010

    " Great way to tell the human tragedy at our southern boarder with a fast paced easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs is the author of many outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school, and young adult readers, as well as a few picture book stories. Several of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, his first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA’s list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver. A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, he lives with his wife in Durango, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.