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Into the Beautiful North: About the Book

Welcome to another NEA Big Read in Kenosha! We are proud to introduce you to a wonderful book: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. 

Into the Beautiful North is, at its heart, a story about journeys. It begins in the small town of Tres Camarones, Mexico where a group of teenagers realizes that all of the men in their town have left and traveled to Los Yuniates, in search of work and income. When some drug lord bandidos arrive and threaten the village, a screening of the Yul Brynner classic, The Magnificent Seven, inspires Nayeli and her friends to travel north as well - to cross the border into the United States, and bring back their own Siete Magníficos to help restore their home back to its former glory.  While their journey plays out, Nayeli, Tacho, Yolo, and Vampi encounter many vibrant, unforgettable characters and have all kinds of new experiences, while still longing to return back to their home and heart, Tres Camarones. 

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Book Distribution (in English and Spanish) will begin in Mid-February.
In the meantime, start reading now with a library copy:


Or read another of Luis Alberto Urrea's books:


NEA Big Read events will run from March 1st to April 1st.
Visit our event calendar to learn more! (linked)

We look forward to reading and discussing Into the Beautiful North with you!