Every year, tens of thousands of kids leave their homes in Central America, hoping to find their parents in the United States. They make their way north, dodging drug gangs, thieves, and corrupt police. Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Enrique’s Journey: The story of a boy’s dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother, risked her life to tell their story. To continue sharing the stories of others and provide resources to discuss current events with youth around the country, Sonia has been profiled in Reporting Live; Train of Death as part Scholastic’s middle school reading and writing program called On the Record. The On the Record program aims to support teachers in encouraging students to shape their own quests for meaningful lives and to achieve their academic and life goals. Reporting Live brings Sonia's and Enrique's stories and perspectives to students as they consider their own worlds.
Enrique’s Journey is a powerful story and one that is too often repeated today. Can you imagine leaving everything you know—your language, your culture, your friends and family—to strike out somewhere new? When you see that up close, see what these people are willing to sacrifice to obtain the freedom and opportunity we take for granted every day, well, that’s an incredible level of hopefulness,” Sonia writes in Reporting Live; Train of Death. ”
To read Reporting Live in its entirety (for free!) click here.
Just last week, Sonia appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss her book and the ongoing Immigration crisis affecting thousands of children from Central America. Check out Sonia’s interview on The Daily Show: