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Book Title: The Crossing|
The author of the book: Gary Paulsen
Edition: Laurel Leaf
Date of issue: March 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780440205821
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.96 MB
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Loaded: 1996 times
Reader ratings: 5.3
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I think that I have finally found a book that I like, that can replace another book with a lower lexile score. This book is rated 1150 on the lexile score, and it is easy to read. It's also short, has a boy hero, and follows my theme of You can Make a Difference. So, I'm going to start teaching this book this year. It was recommended by the Gates Common Core committee. I've checked out many of their titles, and this one will work for me. Yeah!! **stop here for spoilers*** In this book 14 year old orphan boy of mixed heritage, he has red hair, wants to improve his life by crossing into the USA to work. Now his life consists of begging for money, always being hungry, fighting off older boys who steal the little money he gets, and running from men who want to kidnap him and sell him as a slave. He meets a sergeant stationed across the border who has troubles of his own. This man is fighting the horrors of fighting in Vietnam; he drinks to keep the 'friends' away from haunting him. He decides to feed the boy, and give him money, and in doing so he helps his own horrors. In the last scene four men come to take Manny to be a slave and he fights all four of them. He is cut badly from their knives, but he kills all four of them. Manny tries to get the man to run with him, so he won't be in trouble, but instead the man hands him his wallet and tells him to run, to go across the border and make a life for himself. The story abruptly ends there. We don't know if either person is safe. We are left to finish the details ourselves. I think that this will be a great discussion in my classes. Also this is a short book, also good since we need to add nonfiction reading to the unit.
Warning-- the man drinks, he goes to bars where ladies who are almost naked dance. This might be offensive to some. It was recommended to 11-13 year olds. Go figure. He doesn't like smoking however.
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Read information about the authorAlthough he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his stories.
Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.
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