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Enrique's Journey (Common Text 2012-2013): About the Book

Sonia Nazario

"Sonia Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration.

She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled “Enrique’s Journey,” won more than a dozen awards" (from the Random House website).


About the Book

Enrique's Journey is the true story of a fourteen year old boy from Honduras named Enrique. He loses touch with his mother when she comes to the US out of economic necessity. After eleven years, Enrique sets out on a quest to find her. This book details the many hardships he endures as he sneaks into the country alone and penniless. This amazing true tale touches upon many important issues such as: human rights, illegal immigration, the US/Mexico border and corruption in authority.  

Excerpt from the Book

Use the link below to read an excerpt from Enrique's Journey: