Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more


Written by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

Illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Thrillers

LoveReading View on Illegal

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 Synopsis

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.

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Medusa Project: Hunted
What We're Scared Of
The Medusa Project: The Hostage
The Medusa Project: The Set-Up

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444934007
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444934007
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Thrillers
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

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

More About Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

More Books By Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

Cover for Illegal A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
View All Books By Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin

Share this book