Book Authors: Alejandro, Nataly, April, Brenda, Lisa, M.C., Erminia, Rosa, S.R.P, Selena, Sebastian, Yeca, J.J., Tania, Tato, Yesi
Translated English Version
Author: Mrs. Kitty
This is a book that contains in its pages the 16 powerful and inspiring stories, told in the form of comics, made by the aforementioned authors, where they try to make their voices and stories heard. I like to think that they wanted to show us 16 different ways of what can happen with a new life, like moving to a new country and starting at zero. These are 16 stories with which you will identify yourself in the stories, if you are an immigrant, and if you are not, it will help you to see those who emigrate with different eyes. It is interesting to have written it in English and Spanish since it shows the interest they have in sharing their stories, not only with Spanish-speaking people. It should also be noted that it is a book that could be easily read by adolescent youth since their stories are told in the form of drawings made by themselves, which implies simple but concise dialogues.
As I said before, there are 16 stories of which I would like to introduce my favorites.
I Cross Barriers to Change Myself
In the foreground is the drawing of who I suppose is Erminia, coming out of a big hole. When you read in the story you realize that that hole was just a symbolism. At the end of the story we see her aging, but no longer inside the hole, but outside the hole, trying to get people out of that hole, hole from which she has already left.
At the end of her comic she says: "I think it's important to tell my story because it can be motivation for other young people, they may think they can do it too." The story of Erminia was not just a personal story telling her struggles, but also a story that motivates you not to give up. Erminia ends with a powerful phrase: "Finally, I want people to know that being an immigrant does not make me less.
Personally I could say that this is my favorite story. I'll let their words explain their comic. "I decided to use puzzle pieces and maps in my story because I see life as a big puzzle that will define your future. And when using a map, I use the instructions to guide me through life''. This is my favorite story because it seems like a great metaphor and they have a very good use of grammar.
To Be Me
J.J. wrote a story about bullying and motivating others to ask for help before it gets worse. He tells us that what happened in his story has given him more confidence in who he is. He also tells that even being here at U.S.A., he has suffered from bullying but now he does not let anyone make him feel less than he is, or as he says "I do not let their words hurt me mentally." He says he knows that being an immigrant is difficult because it makes it difficult to succeed but now he trusts himself and has the impetus to move on. J.J. ends by saying: '' I hope others identify with the stories told in this book, that they can see that others have the same problems. I hope it motivates them to move on. Books are like life and contain many lessons. The important thing is to be able to share and learn from one another".
Coming Out of the Bubble
April tells a personal story, a story that many immigrants can identify with. She talks about her experience when she reunited with her father after many years, and as she said, ''This comic shows how difficult it is for young immigrants to live without their parents, and also how difficult it can be to get back to being together''. She talks about the reasons why she decided to call his comic "Coming Out of the Bubble." At the end of her story April says, "what I want most is that those who have experienced the same pain may know that they are not alone".
Rosa's story tells of a tragedy that gave rise to sadness. She shares of how her brave mother did everything possible so that her family of 5 children could move forward regardless of adversity. Her brothers started thinking about the American Dream and how it would benefit them and she knew that she had to do something for her future so she took the decision to leave her life and start a new one in another country, giving everything up to prosper in a new country.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Something important that I should mention is that this book is also a fundraising tool to fund the Latino Youth Leadership Council's Voces Sin Fronteras Scholarship Fund which will provide educational opportunities to youth who are ineligible for traditional scholarships and resources to reach the dream to go to college. It also supports Shout Mouse Press to continue the amazing work of uplifting unheard voices. You can order your copy of Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth here: http://www.shoutmousepress.org/cart1/layc