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
692 Reviews

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

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. Enrique's Journey is also available in a Spanish language edition, translated by Ana Ras.

"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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Educational, compelling, and very disturbing. - Goodreads
The writing in the book is a little choppy. - Goodreads
Important story, but poor story telling - Goodreads
very glad I read this, but hard to read - Goodreads
Well written and researched. - Goodreads
The present tense writing style was awkward and dull. - Goodreads

Review: Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

User Review  - Bonnie Irwin - Goodreads

A profoundly moving book about resilience and family. I am not sure if people would change their minds about immigration if they knew what undocumented people went through to come to the US, but this book presents the migrant story in a powerful way. Read full review

Review: Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

User Review  - Beth Sanderson - Goodreads

This is a good book for understanding why illegal immigration is so prevalent for Central Americans and why we need to have a path to citizenship or a guest worker program for people who work where others won't, and risk everything for the dream of feeding their children. Read full review

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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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