Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

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Delacorte Press, 2013 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 273 pages
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Adapted for young people, this edition of Enrique's Journey is written by Sonia Nazario and based on the adult book of the same name. It is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work. Enrique's story will bring to light the daily struggles of migrants, legal and otherwise, and the complicated choices they face simply trying to survive and provide for the basic needs of their families. The issues seamlessly interwoven into this gripping nonfiction work for young people are perfect for common core discussion. Includes an 8-page photo insert, as well as an epilogue that describes what has happened to Enrique and his family since the adult edition was published.

"A heartwrenching account. Provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented. A must read."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Nazario's straightforward . . . journalistic writing style largely serves the complex, sprawling story effectively. A valuable addition to young adult collections."--School Library Journal
"This powerfully written survival story personalizes the complicated, pervasive, and heart-wrenching debates about immigration and immigrants' rights and will certainly spark discussion in the classroom and at home."--Booklist

An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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User Review  - sonhomeu01 - Overstock.com

The author takes the reader on the journey from Central America to Texas and risks her own life so that we can know a little about the trek that so many children, teens and adults make (and make ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jake Stains - Goodreads

I started reading Enrique's Journey because I was interested about the current situation at the border and wanted to learn more about what migrant children have to go through to make it to the US. I ... Read full review


The Journey
Facing the Beast
Gifts and Faith
On the Border
Across the Border
Perhaps a New Life
Unexpected Reunions

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About the author (2013)

SONIA NAZARIO was a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her work on the Los Angeles Times series that served as the basis for the adult edition of Enrique's Journey. Sonia Nazario lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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