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Enrique's Journey
ISBN: 9780385743280
Author: Nazario, Sonia
Publisher: Ember
Published: August 2014
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Documents the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek migratory work in the United States.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hondurans; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Immigrant children; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Illegal aliens; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 973/.04687283
LCCN: bl2014032155
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Social Studies, Social Issues, Non-Fiction, Middle School, High School, Geography, Chapter Books, Biographies
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
This is a harrowing story of the dangers faced by one teenager when he traveled illegally from Honduras to the U.S. to be with his immigrant mother. Enrique's story mirrors that of many young undocumented Latinos; the narrative graphically depicts violence and brutality. Originally a Pulitzer Prize winning series of newspaper articles, this adaptation of Nazario's adult book is sometimes repetitious but always heartbreaking.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

Gr 7 Up—When Enrique was seven years old, his mother, a single parent faced with crippling economic difficulties in her native Honduras, migrated to the United States in hopes of securing a brighter future for her family. While her sacrifice provided important economic advantages, the separation eventually drove 17-year-old Enrique to embark on a four-month, 12,000 mile journey to reunite with her, traveling largely on the rooftops of trains into the United States as an undocumented migrant. In this updated version of Enrique's Journey (Random, 2006), adapted for young adult readers, Nazario offers a compelling account of a young man's brave efforts to find the parent he had not seen in 10 years, and that reunion's complex, unforeseen consequences. The journey tells the larger story of undocumented Latin American migrants in the United States. This adaptation has been tightened to focus more on Enrique's personal story, although some unflattering details (including drug use and problems with the law) have been slightly smoothed over. Nazario's straightforward, almost clipped, journalistic writing style largely serves the complex, sprawling story effectively. Backmatter includes an afterword offering substantial analysis of issues at play with undocumented migrants and notes detailing Nazario's research and writing process, including the re-creation of certain dialogue. Exploring important issues of immigration on both a personal and global scale, this title would be a valuable addition to young adult collections.—Ted McCoy, Oakland Public Library, CA

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