One Book, One District 2016-2017

Mullen High School’s 2016  book of choice for summer reading is a tale of fortitude, of compassion, of perseverance. As we follow young Enrique on his trek to find his mother, we are reminded of the undeniable persistence of love.

All students are asked to read Enrique’s Journey for summer reading, and assignments will vary by grade level. In a world that can feel fleeting, this book reminds us what matters at the core, and begs the question:  What do you do when hope seems lost?

  • National Bestseller
  • Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and San Antonio ExpressNews
  • Named the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014 by The Latino Author
  • Among the most chosen books for university “freshman common reads” – 77 universities and counting
  • Published in eight languages
  • Chosen as “one city, one book” read for 11 cities 

All parents, alumni, and coaches are invited to read the book as well. The opportunity to awaken our imaginations and enlarge our humanity is fulfilled when ALL of us together encourage students to read for pleasure and to engage in thoughtful discussion. In the beginning of the school year there will be opportunities for parents and other adults in the community to engage in conversation.

As a Catholic school, we promote critical and reflective engagement with complex characters, stories, and situations. We encourage parents to read the novel with their children and to discuss the physical, social, emotional, moral, and spiritual dilemmas the characters confront, especially in light of Catholic social teaching, American history, and current events.




"Painfully, Enrique has learned a lot about the beast. In Chiapas, bandits will be out to rob him, police will try to shake him down, and street gangs might try to kill him. But he will take those risks, because he needs to find his mother. "

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