Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh

Undocumented is the story of immigrant workers who have come to the United States without papers. Every day, these men and women join the work force and contribute positively to society. The story is told via the ancient Mixtec codex—accordion fold—format.

Juan grew up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, Juan crosses over into the United States and becomes an undocumented worker, living in a poor neighborhood, working hard to survive. Though he is able to get a job as a busboy at a restaurant, he is severely undercompensated—he receives less than half of the minimum wage! Risking his boss reporting him to the authorities for not having proper resident papers, Juan risks everything and stands up for himself and the rest of the community.

How did I get the book? Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Graphic Novel

Review: The message in Undocumented is powerful. Juan is our narrator and tells of his journey from Mexico to the United States. The format of this book is clever, it folds out into panels. Each side part of Juan’s narration. One about his journey to the States, the other about his battle (and it is) for fairer wages in his job.

I love it when books are designed to stand out like this. Undocumented not only stands out because of the story but it literally stands out. You can unfold Juan’s story and display it. It’s wonderful.

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