Tuesday, February 11, 2014


                                                          February 11, 2014                  


I’m excited to let you know that a revised and updated version of my book will be published today by Random House! I worked hard to truly re-work the new version with an updated, compelling epilogue about the family, chapter on immigration, never before seen photos of Enrique and his family, as well as a Q & A with me. I have a new website up [www.enriquesjourney.com] with new teaching guides, photos, and even video of Enrique.

The book is coming out at the perfect time, since the recent adoption of Common Core Standards in schools across the U.S. means more students will be assigned non-fiction to read. My book puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform, and teaches readers and students about the migrants who live next door. Enrique’s story is the story of a million undocumented children living in the U.S. today.

The issue of children coming alone to the U.S. is more pressing than ever as the country faces a surge of unaccompanied children making their way north. Federal authorities expect up to 74,000 such children to be placed in federal custody this year, 10 times the number just three years ago.

I’m attaching the beautiful cover of the revised book, and you can look here for a press release by Random House, and a teaching guide geared to using the book with the Common Core Standards in schools.http://www.enriquesjourney.com/february-2013-2/ 

The book has already been chosen by 66 universities, scores of high schools, and 11 cities as a freshman or common read. With a young adult version published last August, middle schools are now adopting the book, too!

If you know a book club, readers group, English or Social Studies teacher, or anyone else who might be interested, could you forward this email to them or let them know?

Could you tell your children’s teachers about it?

As always, I am forever grateful for your support.

Sonia Nazario

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Urging the U.S. to Provide Immigrant Children with Government-funded Attorneys

Here is a great piece that aired on Fusion TV yesterday in which I call on the U.S. to provide government-funded attorneys so that no immigrant child faces going to court alone.



Monday, December 9, 2013

Enrique's Journey a Top Teen Non-Fiction Novel

Exciting news: Kirkus, among the nation’s most prominent book review magazines, just named Enrique’s Journey adapted for young adults one of its top teen non-fiction books. Only three other titles were selected.


Monday, October 14, 2013

My Take on Immigration in the New York Times

Why do we keep trying the same three approaches when it comes to unlawful migration? In this op-ed, I suggest a better way.

Teaching Guide Geared To New Common Core Teaching Standards Issued for Young Adult Version of Enrique's Journey

Random House has issued this wonderful teaching guide, with discussion questions and activities, geared to helping teachers use Enrique's Journey in conjunction with the nation's new Common Core Standards for teaching. The book, completely revised to be used in the seventh grade on up in middle school and with reluctant readers in high school, was published Aug. 27, 2013. It will be issued in Spanish next year.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

UN Chronicle Piece on Migration

In June I addressed the United Nations and spoke about the shift that is needed in our approach toward migration issues. The UN Chronicle has just published a piece I wrote that explains what these issues are and how they affect migrants coming to the U.S.

You can read the piece on my website at http://enriquesjourney.com/RecentAuthorandNovelNews.htm

The UN will meet October 3 & 4 in a high level meeting to discuss how to better address global migration.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Please help spread the word: Enrique's Journey for Young Adults will be published next Tuesday.

The True Story Of A Boy Determined To Reunite With His Mother

(Adapted For Young People)
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Sonia Nazario

I’m excited that something I spent a lot of time working on--the Young Adult version of Enrique’s Journey--will be published next week and it has already received terrific reviews.

Kirkus gave the book its prestigious starred review and said, … [It] provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented—a must-read.”

Booklist saidPulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nazario offers young readers a compelling account of a modern-day immigration odyssey…. 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.”

The School Library Journal said, “…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…. Exploring important issues of immigration on both a personal and global scale, this title would be a valuable addition to young adult collections.

The previous edition has really inspired discussion and helped change conversations about immigration. I am hoping this book will do the same for middle schoolers and Reluctant Readers in high schools.

If you know any middle school, high school, or other educators who might be interested, please pass this press release and your recommendation along to them.