Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth: True Comics from the Latin American Youth Center

illus. by various. 318p. Shout Mouse. May 2019. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781945434662. BL
RedReviewStarGr 7 Up–Sixteen Latinx teens who emigrated from Mexico and Central America tell their stories in this bilingual volume, the result of a collaboration between nonprofit press Shout Mouse and the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC. While the artwork is at times unpolished, the comics will reverberate with readers. Following each piece is a reflection by its contributor. This powerful compendium amplifies teens' understanding of the young immigrant experience—facing fears, overcoming sadness and the temptation to give up, learning a new language, and being left by parents who migrated first, then forgiving and reuniting with them decades later. Contributors share the wisdom gained from shaping their identity through storytelling. Tato fled violence in Honduras and crafts his own vision of the American dream: to become someone who has a positive impact on others. Alejandro concludes, "You never fail, you only gain experience." Insightful quotes in the essays are highlighted in large typeface: "The mind is treacherous, just because it tells us we can not, does not mean it is true."
VERDICT Spotlighting underrepresented voices, this work is highly recommended for all communities in their efforts to promote empathetic, inclusive discussions around immigration.

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