The 2015-2016 Pirate Read Selection: Enrique's Journey
Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, 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. Enrique eventually ends up in North Carolina before moving to Florida. [Adapted from website]
Enrique’s Journey presents key issues that are applicable across disciplines. Some suggested themes include:
A committee of faculty, staff and students selects the book and coordinates activities with departments within academic and student affairs.
Prior to the start of their first semester at East Carolina University, incoming students are expected to read a common book. The purposes of the summer read program are to: