A Journey Toward Hope
A Journey Toward Hope

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Annotation: Every year, roughly 50,000 unaccompanied minors arrive at the US/Mexico border to present themselves for asylum or relat... more
Catalog Number: #211389
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-644-42008-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02088-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-644-42008-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02088-7
Dewey: E
Language: English
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 650L
Spread 4-5
Ten-year-old Alessandra says goodbye to the rippling waters of Lake Petén Itzá, in Guatemala.

She tries to remember her mother, who left four years ago, hugging her close before she went. Her mother promised to send for her as soon as there was money.

"I'm coming to meet you, Mamá," Alessandra says softly as she walks away from the water's edge.

Spread 6-7
Laura is thirteen and wants to go to school. Nando is seven and likes trains. They wish they could stay in El Salvador, but their parents want them to live with their aunt and uncle in the United States.

"I don't want to leave," Nando says through his tears.

"I'll be with you, Nando," Laura replies. "We can be strong together."

Spread 10-11
Rodrigo and Alessandra meet in El Ceibo as they are about to cross into Mexico.

"Saqarik," she says. "Good morning. Are you going to America?"

"Hello," Rodrigo answers. "I am. You, too?"

This girl with the colorful dress reminds Rodrigo of his sister. Alessandra can sense that this mop-haired boy with the tattered shoes is a good person.

Spread 12-13
Halfway across the Suchiate River, Laura slips on the edge of the raft and tumbles into the rushing water.

"Laura!" Nando screams, reaching for her fingertips. "Don't leave me!"

A stranger lifts her back into the boat, and Nando hugs her tight. They finally make it to dry land, exhausted. They are now in Mexico.

Excerpted from A Journey Toward Hope by Victor Hinojosa, Coert Voorhees
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Every year, roughly 50,000 unaccompanied minors arrive at the US/Mexico border to present themselves for asylum or related visas. The majority of these children are non-Mexicans fleeing the systemic violence of Central America's "Northern Triangle" Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. A Journey Toward Hope tells the story of Rodrigo, a 14-year-old escaping Honduran violence; Alessandra, a 10-year-old Guatemalan whose first language is Q'eqchi'; and the Salvadoran siblings Laura and Nando. Though their reasons for making the journey are different and the journey northward is perilous, the four children band together, finding strength in one another as they share the dreams of their past and the hopes for their future. Written in collaboration with Baylor University's' Social Innovation Collaborative, and from the illustrator of Chato's Kitchen (included in New York Public Library's Best 100 Books of the last 100 Years), A Journey Toward Hope is a celebration of their humanity and an ode to the power of hope and connection even in the face of uncertainty and fear. Includes four pages of nonfiction back matter with additional information and resources created by the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative.


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