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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord

Written by Bessora

Illustrated by Barroux

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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord Review

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Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

One of our Books of the Year 2016 |  Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he’s desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his home in the Cote D’Ivoire to Europe as an illegal immigrant, or as he says ‘adventurer’.  The story is told through striking images, mostly black and white, colour is used sparingly; sophisticated yet childlike too they vividly depict the people and places of his journey and each one has the power to bring the reader up short.  The text too equally demands and holds our attention. Though this is very much one man’s journey it’s one undertaken by many thousands of others and, as Michael Morpurgo says in his introduction, it’s a story we all need to hear and to understand.

Andrea Reece

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Other books for young readers that sensitively but honestly explain the situation facing refugee or immigrant children include Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird, Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah and The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord Synopsis

A timely and important graphic novel account of one man's desperate journey from North Africa to Europe, with artwork from the creator of Line of Fire.

Alpha brings together prize-winning artist Barroux and novelist Bessora, and comes to the UK market with a foreword by Michael Morpurgo and endorsed by Amnesty International.

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ISBN: 9781911370017
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Publisher: The Bucket List an imprint of Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911370017
Publication date: 1st August 2016
Author: Bessora
Illustrator: Barroux
Publisher: The Bucket List an imprint of Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Collections: Refugees - 40 children's books to raise awareness for Refugee Week 20-26 June,
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Refugees, UKLA 2018

About Bessora

Bessora is a novelist and short story writer. She was awarded the Feneon Prize in 2001 for her novel Ink Stains, and the Grand prix litteraire d'Afrique noire in 2007 for Pick Me Pretty Sirs... Barroux studied in France at the famous Ecole Estienne and Ecole Boule. He went on to work as an art director in Paris and Montreal. He is now well known for his children's book illustrations.

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