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Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
Enrique's Journey is is the true story of a Honduran boy whose mother leaves him behind in Tegucigalpa when he is five so she can find work in the United States. Her plan is to send money for his care and education and return home when she can. Eleven years later, she still hasn't returned, and with nothing more than her North Carolina phone number in his pocket, he sets out the find her. He rides El Tren de la Muerte - The Train of Death with other immigrants, riding along the tops of trains throughout Mexico toward the American border. It's a world run by violent gangs and corrupt police where death and violence are daily events. The only way off the rain is to leap while it is moving. Enrique is determined to survive it all to find his mother. Unfortunately, his story is all too common. Sonia Nazario's book has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Los Angeles Times, it is a stirring and troubling book about a magnificent journey undertaken by a lone boy in a terrible, terrible place. It's not about invading the United States or stealing social services or jobs from American workers. Enrique's Journey is about love. It's about family. It's about home."