Misael and his family decide they can no longer live in the conditions that are El Salvador. Either there are no jobs, or the kids will be taken in by the gangs. It is a hard choice to make, but one his parents don’t think they really have. They believe their only hope is to make the arduous and long trek North, toward America. But first they must traverse close to 2,500 miles – much of it on foot – to reach Tijuana, close to the Unites States border between Mexico and California.
Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk by Jorge Argueta is a sparse and stark novel in verse about the trials of being an immigrant – moving through different countries, in search of a better life. The problem is, what if the other country doesn’t want the immigrant?
Recommended for grades 6 and up.