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Undocumented: A Worker's Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh


Undocumented: A Worker's Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh


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Juan grows up in Mexico working in the fields to help provide for his family. Struggling for money, he crosses the border to become an undocumented worker in the United States: living in a poor neighborhood, working hard to survive. Though he gets a job as a busboy, he receives less than half the minimum wage—until he risks deportation to stand up for himself and the rest of his community. Tonatiuh's graphic novel uses the ancient Mixtec codex—accordion fold—format to tell Juan's story. 


“Remarkable…The artwork is deliberately evocative of Mesoamerican logography, with figures and perspectives that feel at once bizarre and totally familiar.”
STARRED REVIEW: “Multiple Pura Belpré Medal and Honor- awarded Tonatiuh (Diego Rivera, 2011) channels his interest in the Mixtec codex format to create a superb modern odyssey, stupendously illustrated in his signature contemporary adaptation of Pre-Columbian art forms, presented on accordion pages in a handsome slip-box.”
“By focusing on the narrative of one immigrant worker, Tonatiuh breaks the mammoth issues of immigration and workers rights into an easy-to-swallow bite, allowing the reader to easily engage with an often intimidating topic. The personal is again political. Highly recommended.”
 Kirkus Reviews
Undocumented... is an all-too-real discussion about fair pay and the hostility U.S. citizens often display toward undocumented immigrants."
 Shelf Awareness
"…a gorgeous, timely, and necessary offering about the daily plight of undocumented workers in the United States.”
 Library Journal


Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His books have received many awards over the years. He currently lives in San Miguel with his wife and children but travels in the US often.

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