Author: Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
Release Date: August 7, 2018
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 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.
- I feel like I’m saying this in the beginning of every one of my reviews, but I read this one for my YA class and loved it!
- I love that it’s a graphic novel yet touches on such a strong and scary topic. Emmigration and immigration is usually not safe, and this book touches on that and shows it in a perspective that even young children can understand. It’s really eye-opening in that way.
- The illustrations were amazing. I could spend hours staring at the illustrations.
- I loved Ebo. I really felt for him throughout the novel, and only loved him more towards the end.
- This book was incredibly moving. I read it a week ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it.
- I also appreciated the interview at the end that was also drawn out in the graphic novel. It was a nice touch.