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Enrique’s Journey

by Sonia Nazario

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.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America.

Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Pictures from this years event featuring Sonia Nazario can be found on our flickr page. (just click on the image to the left.)


  • The opportunity to participate in a Essay Contest.
  • Reading and discussion that is good preparation for English 100, which uses the book in assignments throughout the semester.
  • Related campus-wide lectures throughout the year
  • Preparation for other classes, which discuss topics addressed by the book.
  • Make an impact, nominate a book for the NSBE 2015 selection.



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Disclaimer: The opinion expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Office of Undergraduate Education or UMBC. It is a continuation of Ms. Nazario's research and experience with this issue. We are simply making this information available.

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For More Information:
Jill Randles
Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education | (410) 455-3715