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Crossing

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ISBN-10: 0439786614

ISBN-13: 9780439786614

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gary Paulsen

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Description:

Manny Bustos is an orphan struggling to survive on the streets of Juarez, Mexico. Across the border is Sergeant Robert S. Locke, Vietnam vet and Army prefect, who tries to drink his bad memories away. On the night Manny tries to cross the Rio Grande and escape to a better life in America, the two meet in an explosive encounter. "Profoundly moving." -- "Horn Book." New York Public Library--Books for the Teen Age.
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Book details

List price: $6.99
Publisher: Scholastic, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, his father was stationed in Europe during World War II and his mother worked in a factory. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts. He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between 1946-49. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. He attended Bemidji College, in Minnesota, paying his tuition by being a trapper. He also spent some time in the army. He decided one day to try writing and tried to become a magazine editor. He spent nearly a year as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. He published his first book, "Special War," in 1966 and had published nearly forty books and several articles and short stories during his early years. He went back to school in 1972, attending the University of Colorado, but his career was interrupted by a lawsuit in 1977 over "Winterkill." In 1990, he suffered a mild heart attack, which did not hinder his writing at all. Some of Paulsen's most well-known books are the Hatchet series, although he has published many other popular novels including Dogsong, Harris and Me, and The Winter Room, which won the Newbery Honor. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod. Paulsen was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.