This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo kn...more
This is a gripping, harrowing tale. I found myself holding tight to the arm of my chair as I rooted Ebo on, not knowing if he was going to live or die. Ebo is a joyful, determined soul ...more
"Illegal" is the story of a boy in Africa who leaves his home in a desperate attempt to make it to Europe. Our hero is Ebo, who doesn't have any papers and who is always worried about being picked up by the police. Ebo's dangerous journey starts by chasing after his older brother, and both boys hope to eventually find their sister somewhere in Europe. Their journey involves a perilous trip across the Sahar ...more
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This story is, unfortunately, an everyday reality for a lot of people who try by any means and at any cost to leave their country to a better place and a better future.
It was a suffocating, heart wrenching, sad story about hope, cruelty, loss and humanity.
The European migrant crisis becomes fodder for a generic dramatized graphic novel by what looks like a bunch of European white guys. Hmm. There was an over-reliance on coincidence and having a split time-line throughout much of the book took away a lot of the dramatic tension of the desert sequences, as we know who makes it to the boat later in the story's chronology.
A happy ending is slapped on, but I feel the protagonist's pr ...more
I think it's an important story, particularly considering the current atmosphere around the word "illegal" as applied to any group of people. I think that it will be an important piece in having conversations - particularly with young people - around this heated topic. However, I have reservations.
The stor ...more
The book starts with this Elie Wiesel quote - "You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong. But illegal? How can ...more
I think this graphic novel does what it sets out to do - it detai ...more
I really loved this graphic novel. It was emotional in a way I wasn’t expecting. This novel tells the story of Ebo, a boy from Africa who has just found out this his brother has left to try to make a life in Italy, and will eventually send him money. Their sister, Sisi, is already there so they are hoping for a reunion.
Because most of this novel takes place either on the sea or outside trekking ...more
There is nothing groundbreaking about the storytelling aspect of this book, but it’s very touching and the subject matter - very important. As a tool in raising awareness and empathy, I think it does a great job - the plight of the characters is realistic and told in a simple and dignified manner. I would have wished for more background information, for more backstory about the connection to their sister. The ending is sad and mind ok abrupt, we don’t have time to grieve and ha ...more
Seahawk inflatable rubber dinghy. Maximum safe load 6 people. Currently carrying 14 passengers, p.1.Floating on the frigid Mediterranean Sea in a small balloon boat designed for six people, Ebo and his brother Kwame along with twelve other individuals are desperate to reach their destination. Twelve year old Ebo left his small village home in Niger in search of his brother Kwame ...more
This is a chilling account that kids/teens may need or want an adult to talk w ...more
"We should never have come."
"I never see him again."
"They must help us. We are human."
"Every person is a human being."
This book is emotional, heartbreaking, informative, shocking and a lot more. You're rooting for the storyteller s ...more
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, but it was a little too predictable. Of course it might be predictable because so many people ha e suffered similar fates trying to find a better life. The artwork was absolutely stunning and the colors so vibrant. This is a great graphic novel for students.
He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A ...more