A Worker's Fight



ISBN: 9781419728549 Category:

Duncan Tonatiuh


Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s picture book is “a gorgeous, timely, and necessary offering about the daily plight of undocumented workers in the United States” (Library Journal).

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight 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.

“Multiple Pura Belpré Medal and Honor-awarded Tonatiuh 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.” —Booklist (Starred Review)

Additional information

Weight 462 g
Dimensions 17.7 x 29.3 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 June 2018
Number of pages 26
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.7 x 29.3 cm
Weight 462 g


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Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His books (including Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns, A Land of Books, and Separate Is Never Equal) have received many awards over the years. He currently lives in San Miguel with his wife and children but travels in the United States often.