Sunday, September 2, 2007

Deception Point & Enrique's Journey

I finished Deception Point by Dan Brown about 10 minutes ago. Alex gave it to me to read and said it was really good. He was right! It's a fast-paced adventure packed with murder and whodunit suspense. It was a fast read for 558 pages and I would recommend it!!

I also finished Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. This is a non-fiction account of one boy's journey from Guatemala to the United States. Enrique's mother leaves him when he is five years old for the U.S. to make a better life for her family. She works illegally so she can send money back to Guatemala, promising she'll return in a few years. As the years pass, Enrique is eaten by the desire to be with his mother. At age 14, he decides to try to find her. With only the clothes on his back, a bit of food and his mother's phone number, Enrique illegally rides the trains north. He rides on top of the trains or in empty box cars. Both places rife with danger.

Enrique tries 8 times to get to the U.S. He sees murder, torture, corruption by officials and many young people lose limbs or worse by being pulled under by the trains.

If you've never heard about this plight of poor Central Americans heading north trying to make a better life for themselves, this is a must read.

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