Writers’ Words: Sonia Nazario

 

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¡Buenos días!

I hope everyone’s having a great week! This month’s featured book is Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario. As a way to explore the significant themes that the book encompasses, I made this image with a quote about chance and the role that it continuously plays in our lives.

Saludos!
Kalyn

Book Review: Enrique’s Journey

Enrique's JourneyEnrique’s Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation)
Written by Sonia Nazario
Published by Ember 2014
ISBN:978-0385743280
Age Level: 12 and up

Book Summary:

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.

In the following review you’ll get to read both my thoughts and Logan’s. Originally we thought we’d coauthor the post, but Logan did such a great job in writing a general review, that we decided to share his thoughts with you first. Then I’ll follow-up with a few of my own on why I think it’s so important to use a book like this with our students.  Please note, there are two versions of this book: Nazario’s original written for adults and the adaptation for young people.

Logan’s Thoughts:

Enrique’s Journey is the story of one child’s journey from Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico to the United States to find his mother, whom he has not seen in more than ten years. Enrique’s story is a unique one, but the power of Enrique’s Journey is how the author, Sonia Nazario, highlights the struggles that many unaccompanied minors face before, during, and after their journey. Topics such as immigration and the influx of unaccompanied minors into the United States have become something of a talking point for US national news organizations and politicians, but despite all the press, humanity is noticeably lacking – popular talk show hosts discuss deportations numbers or legislators argue about border policy without ever really saying anything the people behind the statistics. Continue reading

¡Mira, Look!: Featured Author: Sonia Nazario

Featured Author: Sonia Nazario | Vamos a Leer“Although I often felt exhausted and miserable, I knew I was experiencing only an iota of what migrant children go through…The journey gave me a glimmer of how hard this is for them.”
-Sonia Nazario

Saludos, everyone! This week I will be showcasing journalist Sonia Nazario, author of last month’s featured book, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist who has dedicated years to exposing the trials and tribulations of South American immigrants in the United States. She specifically works on cases of immigrant children, highlighting the daily obstacles and injustices that they face. Nazario’s work has been a call for justice in defense of the defenseless. Continue reading

Our Next Good Read: Enrique’s Journey

Join us November 2nd at Enrique's JourneyBookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Enrique’s Journey (Young Adult ages 12 and up) by Sonia Nazario.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book from Goodreads:

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.”

Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by October 26th!

We’ll also be raffling off a copy of December’s featured book, American ChicaJoin us that evening to be entered!

We hope to see you on November 2nd!

Sobre Octubre: Resources on Día de los Muertos, Remembering, and Celebrating

Sobre Octubre: Resources on Día de los Muertos, Remembering, and CelebratingHi, everyone,

I’m here to wrap up our September focus on “Resources to Honor and Understand Latin American Influences,” and introduce you to the themes we’ll be tackling in October: Día de los Muertos, remembering, and celebrating.

Before I talk about our upcoming month, I have to acknowledge that we’re still smack dab in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), and here at Vamos a Leer remain caught in a love-hate relationship with it.  Even while HHM promotes the discussion about Latin@/Hispanic culture, it minimizes the conversation to stereotypes and relegates the information to one month out of the year, effectively communicating to students that Latin@/Hispanic heritage offers a “break” from the real curriculum; it’s apart from authenticate knowledge. There are many, many reasons why this is problematic. Katrina has discussed some of them on the blog, joining other educators such as Enid Lee and Deborah Menkart who advocate for a “beyond heroes and holidays” approach to education. In short, she’s advocated for a classroom where discussions of other cultures are not limited to one month out of the year, but instead are integrated meaningfully throughout the curriculum.

But we’re not suggesting dismissing HHM completely. Instead, much like readers who responded to a recent poll on “How do you feel about Hispanic Heritage Month? Tell us” organized by LatinoUSA, we suggest that HHM is “what you make of it.” Let’s use this an opportunity to start (or better, continue!) meaningful conversations about Latin@/Hispanic heritage, but conversations unfettered by the arbitrary dates of Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Enrique’s Journey

Vamos a Leer | Book GiveawayWe’re giving away a copy of Enrique’s Journey written by Sonia Nazario–our featured novel for November book group meeting!! Check out the following from Goodreads:

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.”

Looks like yet another enriching novel for both adults and young adults! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by October 26th.  Everyone who comments between September 29th and October 26th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting.  So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!