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Author: Andrew Fukuda, Andrew Xia Fukuda Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243054
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A loner in his all-white high school, Chinese-born Xing (pronounced “Shing”) is a wallflower longing for acceptance. His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee.

Xing’s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives.

Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town. He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed. However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck.

While Xing races to solve the mystery and clear his name, Crossing hurtles readers towards a chilling climax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author has Xing’s voice dead on, and the loneliness of the boy’s life (dead father, mother working two jobs, few adults taking an interest in his life) and his bitter demeanor makes it seem probable that he knows more than he’s telling. Xing stays one step ahead of the reader, the truth of his world kept just out of reach.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sad, elegant, and creepy, this is a deft debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2010
  • A Booklist Top 10 First Novels in2010
  • A Booklist Top 10 First Crime Novels in2011

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2014

    " What an awesome book. Children go missing from a small town high school and an immigrant student is accused. Narrated by the student in question, the story leaves you guessing as it unfolds. Is this storyteller to be trusted, or is he telling you what he wants you to hear? At times gruesome, touching, sad and chilling,Crossing is as much a look inside the mind of an outcast as it is a reflection of the rest of us in his eyes. Fans of "The Bottoms" and other mysteries featuring misunderstood characters should enjoy this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/27/2014

    " It's not that this book isn't any good. It's really good. But it depressed me so much, I had to read something much more upbeat to make myself feel better. The writing is really good, and the mystery is sufficiently creepy to make me regret having read it at night. But the ending (while realistic and brutally honest) just left me more disturbed than I cared for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 1/15/2014

    " I finished reading this when Jason was in the hospital. It as a sad read. Even sadder is that I believe there are many people this isolated and delusional that exist in our society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen | 1/14/2014

    " Again, another book that could so easily be 3 1/2 stars...I moved it to 4 stars because of the surprise ending - quite a risk for a debut novel. With that said, the 3 1/2 stars would've been appropriate for the character development or lack thereof besides the main character (told as a narrative). The point of the story was very eye opening; racism told from the Asian-American viewpoint. The ending made this easy-read - less than 24 hours - definitely worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/11/2014

    " Andrew Fukuda is a man who had probably had his share to feel left out. He is half-Chinese and half-Japanese. Andrew was five when he left his home in Manhattan and relocated to the streets of Hong Kong with his parent and his two brothers. He was placed in private British schools and he picked up a British accent. Keeping in mind that Andrew has multiple cultural aspects, none in which are British. Growing up Andrew read books consistently, and soon his relationship with reading occurred into writing. Andrew wrote the book Crossing from experience in Chinatown with immigrant teenagers. He also became a Criminal Prosecutor in which helped shape up the book. Growing up being half-Chinese and half-Japanese must have been hard due to the fact of speaking in a British accent and being around all British people. The book Crossing ties into Andrews life in many ways, especially on the feeling of being different. The book has outstanding language and the language makes the thrill of the book ten times better. Every aspect of the book is amazing because in the real world almost every person is going to feel left out and have a time when they are blamed for something they didn't do. Andrew might have been inspired to write this book from Teen Immigrants, but he made the book tie into everyday life in every single country. I gave the book five stars and I would suggest every person to read this and get the feel of a teenagers life who in which is neglected and over looked due to the fact of being different "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/3/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've read in years and the first book in four years that I've read in one sitting - barely moving a muscle. It's rich in character development and themes -- high school challenges, Chinese/American relations -- as well as a murder mystery with twists I didn't seen coming. Plenty of pre-publicity buzz about this book and I know why! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 12/30/2013

    " This is short and good as a YA book. Not really much mystery or suspense as you might think as you begin it. It is more a study of characters. I think teens may like it in that it is short, deals with high school pressures and has a crime element. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tfalcone | 12/13/2013

    " Read it in one setting. Definitely gives you something to think about and not what you expect. Another review said the unreliable narrator - yeah! Great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 11/30/2013

    " Predictable with an unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 11/24/2013

    " Dark, disturbing, captivating and well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/17/2013

    " Only Ok novel about a Chinese-American student in a small town with only one other Chinese-American student who faces several murders of male students near the school. He sees himself as a detective on the case. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 10/3/2013

    " So much racism that it seems overdone and unreal. I know racism is real and I am totally against it, but it was overwhelming and almost petty in it's use in the book. Also, what the heck kind of ending is that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 8/14/2013

    " This book was written wonderfully and was an easy read. Though the story line may be full of controversy, the mystery and story line is well worth the time. I look forward to more books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 5/20/2013

    " Wow. I blew through this in one night. 3 1/2 to 4 stars. Very interesting story about being one of the only 2 Chinese students in a rural high school. Children start to disappear and the tension rises. Easy read - it kept me engaged the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 3/28/2013

    " Recommended to a 7th grade student and he loved it, too "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amie | 2/6/2013

    " Overwritten...really REALLY overwritten. I made it about two chapters in and gave up because it was so annoying. "

About the Author

Andrew Fukuda was born in New York City and raised in Hong Kong. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University and worked as a criminal prosecutor for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. His experience volunteering with the immigrant teen community in Manhattan’s Chinatown led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor’s Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.