A Journey Toward Hope by Victor Hinojosa & Coert Voorhees
Illustrated by Susan Guevara
Publisher: Six Foot Press
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: 40 pages
Release Date: July 7, 2020
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, 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.
A Journey Toward Hope tells the story of four children migrating to North America. They leave everything behind (homes, loved ones) in order to live a more peaceful life. Through harrowing conditions and fear of the unknown, they travel to a life free from violence and danger. These four children rely on each other for emotional support as they embark of their life path. While they don’t know one another, they share in the struggle, and this ultimately unites them. This story is a fictional account, yet Hinojosa and Voorhees provide vivid details of the conditions migrant children experience while making their dangerous journey.
Since immigration is a hot topic in the Americas, A Journey Toward Hope provides many teachable moments. Educators can discuss this tale with students as a way to put faces to the crisis. In many instances, children are making the dangerous trip to peace on their own. As this book is written for children, it sets the stage at an age appropriate level for young students to understand.
A Journey Toward Hope is a wonderful story for children of all ages. I recommend this book for those searching to more information about immigration among families.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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