Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin


Written by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
Illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017

Twelve-year-old Ebo’s terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood, education and ultimately a safe way of life is brilliantly told this graphic novel. In words and pictures, Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano tell how Ebo, along with so many others in the same plight, makes his way across the treacherous Sahara Desert before he even begins on the desperate journey across the sea. Told with great sympathy and warmth and propelled by Nobel Laureate Elis Wiesel’s powerful quote, “You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal”, Ebo’s story which is shared by millions migrants, should be read by all. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for October 2017

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno

Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

The Greatest Magician in the World by Matt Edmondson


Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

Ebo: alone. His sister left months ago.

Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to 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 sister.


A graphic novel with extraordinary images by Giovanni Rigano... it's a work of art and an education. I wish everyone would read it. I really do. -- Jenny Valentine * Buzzfeed * A powerful, compelling work, evocatively illustrated ... It would take a hard heart not to be moved by this book. * Financial Times * This is an outstanding book, told with honesty and heart. * Irish Independent * An absolute must-read, this graphic novel is thought-provoking, profound, sensitive and totally gripping. * Book Trust * A deeply affecting account. -- Sarah Donaldson * The Observer, Children's Book of the Week * A powerful, involving graphic novel. -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times, Books to Watch Out For * Beautifully realised and punchily told. -- Alex O'Connell * The Times, Children's Book of the Week *

About the Author

Eoin Colfer is the writer of the bestselling, award-winning Artemis Fowl series, and has sold over twenty million books worldwide.

Andrew Donkin has written over sixty books and graphic novels, including Batman for DC Comics. He is @AndrewDonkin

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144 pages


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Hodder Children's Books

Publication date

5th October 2017




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