Lincoln is happy to be going to Japan as a martial arts exchange student. So is Tony, his barrio brother from San Francisco. They're excited about living in a dojo, or school for martial arts, and practicing the art of kempo. When Lincoln arrives in Japan, he is surprised to find that the dojo is a vacant lot. He will be living on a small farm with the Ono family, whose mother reminds him of his own. The father likes to play practical jokes, and the son, Mitsuo, likes baseball. This strange country holds many surprises for Lincoln as he progresses through kempo and grows to love the Onos as his Japanese family. The expert narration by Robert Ramirez gives authenticity to this young Mexican-American boy's coming of age story. Listeners will enjoy being there when Lincoln realizes that friendship transcends culture and nationality.
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by Gary Soto
by Gary Phillips
by Gary Paulsen
"Although aimed at young adults, PACIFIC CROSSING is a wonderful listening experience for everyone. Two Mexican-American boys are invited to spend the summer in Japan as exchange students. Their amazing and varied experiences with the country, culture and Japanese people are engrossing and moving. Listeners feel part of the action and emotion as Soto and Ramirez transport us to Japan to practice kempo (a martial art), work hard in the fields and even make Mexican food for their Japanese families. Ramirez is masterful as he presents a multitude of accents while keeping kids sounding like kids and moms like moms, no matter which continent they inhabit. A perfect finishing touch is the sharing of Spanish and Japanese words with their uses and definitions as they relate to the story. S.G.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine "
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