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Caravan to the North

Misael’s Long Walk

Written by Jorge Argueta • Illustrated by Manuel Monroy • Translated by Elizabeth Bell

For kids 9 years old | Published October 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773063300
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

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About this book

Caravan to the North

Misael’s Long Walk

Jorge Argueta • Manuel Monroy • Elizabeth Bell

An urgent and eloquent account of a boy traveling in a caravan from his beloved homeland of El Salvador to the US border.

This novel in verse is a powerful first-person account of Misael Martínez, a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States. We learn all the different reasons why people feel the need to leave — the hope that lies behind their decision, but also the terrible sadness of leaving home. We learn about how far and hard the trip is, but also about the kindness of those along the way.

Finally, once the caravan arrives in Tijuana, Misael and those around him are relieved. They think they have arrived at the goal of the trip — to enter the United States. But then tear gas, hateful demonstrations, force and fear descend on these vulnerable people. The border is closed. The book ends with Misael dreaming of El Salvador.

This beautiful and timely story is written in simple but poetic verse by Jorge Argueta, the award-winning author of Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds. Award-winning Mexican illustrator Manuel Monroy illuminates Misael’s journey. An author’s note is included, along with a map showing the caravan’s route.

Key Text Features
author’s note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

About the Creators

Jorge Argueta

Jorge Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. Jorge lives in San Francisco, California. Visit Jorge Argueta's website: j

Manuel Monroy

Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished, award-winning illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. Manuel lives in Mexico City.

Elizabeth Bell

Awards and Praise
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2020
  • Commended Westchester Fiction Award Honourable Mention, 2020
  • Commended Américas Award — Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Titles, 2020
  • Commended NCTE Notable Poetry Book and Verse Novel, 2020