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Publisher's Summary

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, 15year-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?
©2006 Will Hobbs (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This gritty and realistic tale will be an eye-opener for many YAs." (KLIATT)

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Riveting

Imagine how it would be to violate laws just to keep your family alive. Imagine a young man confronting dangers alone, with the pressure that your family needs you to succeed. This is a gripping tale, and well narrated. It makes for riveting listening. It is a tribute to the quality of the book that my son has already sought out other novels by the same author.

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lovely. puts things into perspective for you. I go

lovely. puts things into perspective for you. It shed light on a world I had the faintest idea about.

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Love it

I really really recommend this book. It will show you to appreciate the easy way that some people have. For some people it is harder to come and the people that have it hard have to live with scare that the will deport back to their country after all they have to do to get to dis country.

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It was good

the book was good but i wish it was longer and there is a number 2

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great narration. it really makes you think

great story. ..it helps us understand what so many inorganic go through. the narration was right on. thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book.

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  • Teresa
  • United States
  • 03-10-15

Memorable

The most memorable moment was when Victor saw the jaguar. The jaguar was a symbol of his love for his family, and if you work hard, you can succeed.

The performance by the reader was excellent.
Will Hobbs is an excellent author.