Illegal (Paperback)

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Eoin Colfer of Artemis Fowl fame teams up with Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano, with whom he collaborated on the Artemis Fowl graphic novels, to create a powerful story of Ebo, 12-year-old boy who hopes to get to Europe from Ghana to reunite with his family. So many trials and tribulations confront Ebo, his brother Kwame, and friend Razak – overcrowded trucks and boats, unscrupulous dealers, thieves, hunger, thirst, disease, weather. More than once, it’s only Ebo’s melodious singing voice that saves them. Illegal is a novel, yes, but the facts are true, with the story woven from the true tales of migrants and asylum seekers. The result is a powerful collaboration that deserves a wide audience.

— Daniel Goldin


A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.

Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life--the same journey their sister set out on months ago.
But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.

2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award Winner
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018
An Amazon Best Book of 2018
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Graphic Novel of 2018
An American Library Association Notable Book for 2019
2019 YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
2019 CBC Notable Social Studies Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492665823
ISBN-10: 1492665827
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English