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Book Title: First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants|
The author of the book: Donald R. Gallo
ISBN 13: 9780763622497
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 15.84 MB
Date of issue: September 9th 2004
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I enjoyed reading First Crossing edited by Donald R. Gallo. He found different stories about immigrant teens and how they came to the United States. One of the stories that I read was called First Crossing by Pam Munoz Ryan. It’s about a young boy and his father trying to cross the border to go to the United States to work and support their family in Mexico. The father and son had a difficult life working hard in the fields to help the family with food and clothes. In addition their work allowed the daughter to go to school. This story is like others stories in the book because it talks about immigrants struggling in the lives in the U.S.
When reading First Crossing it’s about this boy and his father who both were getting smuggled across the border to work in the flowers fields of Encinitas, CA. It had to be difficult thing to do because they had to wake up in the middle of the night and wait for a van to come and pick them up so they can go to work. At first the van stopped by a hole in the fence in Mexico. They cross the border by foot though the hole and then in to a van waiting for them in the U.S. They got stop by the border patrol and were taken back home. Next they had to hide one person under the hood of the car by the engine. This time they got across the border.
What I wanted to know is that what has happen to them after they made it to the flower fields because the story ends. I really don’t know if they made it back home or if the family had to move there.
I like the stories in First Crossing but they kept on changing from one story to another and it’s a bit confusing. When I was reading the others stories they were talking about other immigrant’s teens and how they came to the United States from their country because they wanted a better future for them and their family. It can be a hard thing to leave your family behind because you want to visit them and see if they are doing okay. All these stories about immigrant teens its very tough because they just want to do something for themselves and try to succeed and they want to prove that they can do anything if you put your mind in to it.
In conclusion, I can say that I enjoy reading these stories because it talks about different teen immigrants and what they had been going through coming it to the U.S. with hope. Even though they had a difficult lifestyle they never gave up by helping one another to achieve in their hopes and dream.
Read information about the author"Stories about journeys have interested readers since the beginning of language," says Donald R. Gallo of DESTINATION UNEXPECTED, his critically acclaimed anthology of short stories by prominent writers of young adult fiction. "Arriving at the destination is the goal, certainly, but the experiences during the journey itself are what transform the character. The most important experiences are often those not expected."
With more than a dozen anthologies to his credit, Don Gallo has garnered a reputation as the godfather of YA short stories. He was initially drawn to the genre back in 1980, when he realized that junior and senior high schools across the country taught required units on short stories, but that virtually none of the stories students were asked to read were by authors who wrote specifically for teenagers. His first, ground-breaking anthology of YA short stories, SIXTEEN, featuring some of the top authors in the field, was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best Books for Young Adults published between 1966 and 1999. Since then, Don Gallo has edited a number of short story anthologies for teens, including the highly regarded FIRST CROSSING and WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?. Among the numerous awards he has received is the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature.
A former junior high school teacher and university professor of English, Don Gallo currently spends his time as an editor, author, workshop presenter, and interviewer of famous authors. He also likes to read, travel, garden, cook, and take photographs. The father of two, he lives with his wife in Solon, Ohio.
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