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Enrique's Journey
Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother | Sonia Nazario
"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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Butterfinger
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I cried. So many tears. A boy's tenacity, desperation, and love for his family is written so Americans can sense what these young refugees endure. The hardships are unbelievable - being killed or damaged from trains, exploited by gangs all through Mexico, rapes, separated from mothers who work in America so the children can LIVE, getting caught and not giving up. I'm so glad I read this book. Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Butterfinger

"...fights break out between municipal and state police officers over who gets to rob a group of migrants." Heartbreaking

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lauralovesbooks1
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Nazario takes a look at the immigration of unaccompanied minors, many from Central America to the US by exploring the story of Enrique. Enrique's mother came to the US when Enrique and his sister were young, hoping to be able to provide financially for her children back in Hondorus. When Enrique is a teen, he sets out to come to the US and find her -- a journey that takes him thousands of miles in the many attempts to cross the border. (cont)

lauralovesbooks1 Baxario presents a balanced look at the hardships and challenges of the situations these children face as well as their parents who struggled with the decision to stay but not be able to provide for their children or leave then behind but be able to support their physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter. An important read in today's political climate. 1y
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Tamra
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Some of these were difficult!
1. Originally from Alaska, now in Minnesota
2. Stoner
3. Harry Potter & Longmire
4.Babette's Feast, Fargo, Truly Deeply Madly, (yikes, more!)
5. Breaking Bad, Fargo, Saul, Longmire (more!)
6. Any era up to & including Brahms, jazz
7. Teal
8. Literary Fiction
9. College Instructor
10. 2 young kids, 2 dogs & 1 cat

KVanRead Awesome movie choices! Truly, Madly, Deeply!! 😍 Might be the most I've ever ugly cried though.😭 3y
Tamra @KVanRead 😢 I know! I'm not a sappy love story kinda watcher or reader though, so it's an odd choice for me. I rewatched it this winter on YouTube - can't find anywhere else! Lots of $ for used DVD. 3y
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8little_paws
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Here's what head of HR has to say about hiring workers over age 30 in Honduras. Wow.

Clare-Dragonfly WOW. I wonder why they might have those problems at 30? 🤔😡 3y
MicheleinPhilly I'm also struck by the idea that China is a "lower wage country." Lower than $110 a month for 44 hours a week of sustained manual labor? Shameful. ? 3y
8little_paws @Clare-Dragonfly @MicheleinPhilly like, literally everything about those two paragraphs is wrong. Tbh as informative as this book is I wish it was about this instead of the journey to the US 3y
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Tamra
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Looking forward to all three. I heard Sonia Nazario on NPR and her accounts of migrant journeys were harrowing.

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8little_paws
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Attempting to plug away at this book but waking up at 5:15 this morning means I'm barely able to keep my eyes open!!

Sace I read the Spanish version for a workshop. It really helped that we had a great discussion about the book with our Mexican and Guatemalan workshop leaders. 3y
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Tamra

A moment of synchronicity; last night I read a fictional heartbreaking short story about an immigrant mother who left her children to support them as a nanny in America, then tonight I turn on NPR and hear reporter Sonya Nazario speaking about the reality of those stories. The average separation of mothers & children is 5-10 years. Over 50% are women & children, fleeing hunger & violence. IF they make it, their journey entails great suffering.

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8little_paws
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It's a read for book club kind of night.

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theshrinkette
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Anyone else read like this?

CocoReads I don't but I feel like I should. 3y
TrishB I didn't...... 3y
Reviewsbylola Not at all. I majored in English so I had a lot of this going on while in college. Once I graduated, I couldn't bear to mark passages or take notes. 😂 3y
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Lola I just bought some multi-colored Post-It flags for my reading. I may need to label them like this. Love it! 3y
Lacythebookworm Depending on the type of book I'm reading I'll mark it up. Book club picks definitely! 3y
outis @Reviewsbylola - I thought that was just me! I used to mark & take notes in my books all the time and for some reason I just can't do it anymore! No such problem with kindle books though.... 3y
angrylilasian No but now I want to! I just mark the page but never thought to color code it! 3y
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theshrinkette
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Now isn't that fitting? #FunFridayPhoto

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theshrinkette
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mhillis
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These are the books I picked up in the States and my #marchtbr #marchintoreading

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theshrinkette
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Book mail!

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kerry
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Pickpick

Heartbreaking, eye-opening, relevant. Nazario's account of one boy's desperate journey from Honduras to the United States to be reunited with his mother is reporting at its finest. The added author's note in the new edition is slightly dated (~2012) and oversimplified, but that ultimately doesn't detract from the story overall.

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kerry
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a little #SJBookClub research, a little crochet project // #thankfullyreading #nonficnov (book borrowed from @StephanieY)

cathysaid This one was heartbreaking for me. 3y
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AmyS
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I am in shock. How could people elect that...that horrible, hateful person over a slightly flawed but very qualified woman? What do I say to my students tomorrow, especially the ones who are immigrants or the children of immigrants? "I'm sorry" doesn't seem adequate. But I am. I am so, so sorry, kids. You have no idea how much. And I am so scared for you.

aeeklund I found this, which helped me (a little): http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5822aa90e4b0334571e0a30b 3y
WanderingBookaneer Also your female and 🏳️‍🌈 students. 3y
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sprainedbrain @aeeklund Good reference, thank you. I am struggling with how to talk to my own children about this today. 🙁 3y
AmyS @WanderingBookaneer Yes, certainly them, too. But my Mexican students have been talking about how worried they are about a Trump presidency since he announced he was running. They are more aware of the consequences than any of my other students. 3y
AmyS @aeeklund Thank you. This actually helped. 3y
AnnieReads I am so disheartened and angry. And astonished that so many of my fellow Americans blatantly ignored the bigotry and hatred that Trump espouses. 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker I'm Hispanic and my husband is part Lebanese and I have a Arabic last name because I'm married to him. As a woman, minority and a federal employee, I am seriously terrified for my future. 3y
Librariana Tell them how much they are loved 💙 Tell them you are there for them... that you'll be their voice. That they're not alone... just as you're not alone. I am with you! We're all with you! 💙 I'm a Mexican immigrant, proud U.S. citizen, married to a military service member... and I'm gonna hold on to hope with everything I've got and spread as much love as I can. 3y
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kspenmoll
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Enrique's Journey is a harrowing read. Children's journey from Central America & Mexico who face a tortuous perilous Journey to the US in search of mothers. Many lose lives& limbs. http://www.pulitzer.org/event/sonia-nazario-enriques-journey-americas-immigratio... In contrast Frank McCourt's Angela' s Ashes, heard him speak & he was a riveting humorous speaker. #booktober #immigrantstories @RealLifeReading

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kspenmoll
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" From the top of his rolling freight car, Enrique sees a figure of Christ...Some stare silently. Others whisper a prayer... They have made it nearly a third of the way up the length of Mexico..."Searing odyssey of Enrique & others, facing multiple trips & danger of death to find their mothers in USA. Author took the same journey on trains but she had military/ police escort do to dangers involved.#somethingforsept#POCauthors
@RealLifeReading

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TotallyKellianne
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Pickpick

This book was very well done! It was able to show an inner view of the struggles many migrants undergo during their treacherous journey to enter the U.S. illegally.

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GabrielleMRO
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Pickpick

I taught this book in my class this week. Students loved it! A must read for anyone interested in immigrant life.

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