Migrant

José Manuel Matteo, trans. from the Spanish by Emmy Smith Ready, illus. by Javier Martínez Pedro. Abrams, $17.95 (22p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0957-9
A family’s desperate journey from Mexico to Los Angeles unfolds through a boy’s first-person narration in this striking bilingual, codex-style book, with accordion-style pages to be read vertically. Pedro’s b&w artwork consists of a single tall image that spans seven panels; readers can follow the boy, his sister, and their mother from a village crowded with animals and crops to the train they jump aboard, the tall wall they scale (“Suddenly, some police arrived and let their dogs loose”), and the congested streets of Los Angeles. The dangers involved, hope required, and uncertain future that awaits this family and others like it are viscerally felt. Ages 8–up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/28/2014
Release date: 05/13/2014
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