Enrique's Journey

Enrique's Journey

The True Story of A Boy Determined to Reunite With His Mother

Book - 2013
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In this bestselling true story, one Honduran boy goes in search of his mother, who left to find work in the United States ten years ago--when he was just seven years old.

This is the true and heartbreaking story of sixteen-year-old Enrique, who sets off on a journey alone to find his mother, who he has not seen for eleven years, not since she left her starving family and illegally entered the United States, hoping to make enough money to send home to Honduras.

With little more in his pocket than a slip of paper bearing his mother's phone number, Enrique embarks on a treacherous odyssey, traveling by clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. Even when confronted by bandits, thugs, and corrupt cops, he is determined to complete his journey, often buoyed by the kindness of strangers or simply by luck finding water or food. In the face of this hostile world, Enrique's love for his mother and his desire to be reunited with her endure and triumph.

Enrique's journey tells the larger story of undocumented Latin American migrants in the United States. His is an inspiring and timeless tale about the meaning of family and fortitude that brings to light the daily struggles of migrants, legal and otherwise, and the complicated choices they face. The issues seamlessly interwoven into this gripping nonfiction work for young people, based on the adult phenomenon Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother and the Pulitzer Price-winning Los Angeles Times newspaper series that inspired it, are perfect for common core usage and for discussions of current events.

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.

Praise for Enrique's Journey

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

"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

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780385743273
Branch Call Number: YA 973.0468 NAZARIO
Characteristics: 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps : 22 cm.


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LPL_TeenZone Aug 07, 2020

This is the true and heartbreaking story of sixteen-year-old Enrique, who sets off on a journey alone to find his mother, who he has not seen for eleven years, not since she left her starving family and illegally entered the United States, hoping to make enough money to send home to Honduras.

When Enrique was 5 his mother traveled to the US illegally in order to find work. She planned to return within a year, but eleven years later she had still not returned. This is the true story of Enrique's harrowing journey to find her.

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Apr 20, 2020

Finished on 4/19/20

Mar 11, 2019

When Enrique was 5, his mother left Honduras and illegally entered the United States to earn money to finance a better life for her children. As the years passed, Enrique missed his mother so much that he tried and failed 7 times to enter the U.S. On his 8th try, he made it. In clear-eyed, uncompromising prose, Sonia Nazario, an immigrant herself, tells the harrowing story of what it takes to enter another country illegally. In Enrique's case, he had to avoid both Mexican and U.S. border patrols. Nazario also follows the story after Enrique finds his mother and their very rocky road to an eventual reconciliation. He was one of the lucky ones as she relates to her readers what often happens in these situations. Photos of Enrique and his family put a very human face on the illegal immigration debate. As the author notes at the end what would make mothers stay home --"Maria Isabel's mother, Eva, says simply, 'There would have to be jobs. Jobs that pay okay. That's all.' This book is the 2019 March selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

Mar 17, 2018

How heartbreaking for young families to be separated long-term, even if done for the best of intentions.

Emotionally difficult material: from dealing with the separation of family to the horrors awaiting migrants during their journeys.

Of course, I had heard about migration of children from Central America, but reading about the details of one child's life and journey was truly eye-opening.

Everyone should get some exposure to this book: at a minimum, it forces us to count our blessings. Hopefully, it will inspire us to do more.

Journalistic writing style makes the book a quick read.

Nov 27, 2016

This is a very real depiction of the journey for many people. It is good book to start a discussion about immigration, migrant workers issues, and humanitarian issues specifically surrounding children. It shows that the effort to come to United States is not an "easy criminal way out" of leaving a country like Honduras and many migrant children travel alone.

Sep 12, 2015

Wow! What is the solution to this terrible problem of migrants trying to come to the US to find their mothers or start a new life. How sad to read about all the lives lost from gangs, train rides, no food etc. It helps you understand the problem better. Excellent book. Inspiring. What determination they have!

jayla555 Jun 13, 2014

is this book available in audio
form ?

Aug 16, 2010

Begin with reading the documentation of events - it will cause you to value Nazario's efforts.

Essential to discussions on immigration.


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