Working in various farm crops throughout the year and living in labor camps was a way of life for Robby and his family. It was the only life Robby had ever known. There was always excitement in the air whenever it was time to move from one camp to another. New friends to make. And hopefully, old friends you would see again. What adventures and trouble would Robby find at this new location? More
Against the backdrop of the little-known world of California itinerant fruit and vegetable pickers, Robb Martin's latest book, Crossroads, explores the life of the 1950s migrant farm worker. In this unique setting, Martin takes the reader into a smoky neighborhood bar, lovers lane, and the home of the farmworker, the labor camp. The story unfolds primarily through the eyes of young Robby who, when not attending school, works shoulder to shoulder with other laborers whose backgrounds are as varied as their names and ages, all the while learning important life lessons from his father and beloved grandfather. Interwoven in Martin's story are a mysterious death, which draws the attention of local law enforcement, as well as racist and sexist shenanigans around the camps that result in the perpetrators absconding under the cover of darkness. In the end, Crossroads is about all of us and how we meet the challenges of the adult world...wherever we find ourselves.
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