Illegal by Eoin Colfer


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. 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...

Details Illegal

Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Africa

Reviews Illegal

  • Lola
    I’m a little ashamed right now, because I received an unsolicited advance copy of this one about two months ago I believe, and I had no interest whatsoever in reading it.Then, out of the blue, I stumbled across this book’s page on Goodreads and upon reading positive review after positing review – all praising this story – I finally decided to give it a try.So if anyone dares say that Goodreads has no influence whatsoever on readers, well ...
  • Nasia
    Βαθιά ανθρώπινο και συγκινητικό graphic novel, για ένα θέμα που είναι πιο επίκαιρο από ποτέ. Με απλές λέξεις και σκίτσο/ εικονογράφηση που ανατριχιάζουν περιγράφει καταστάσεις που αποτελούν δυστυχώς καθημερινό φαινόμενο...
  • Malia
    This is a short book and though I wished some parts were a bit more fleshed out, it is worth reading! I also think the graphic novel format would make important subject matter more accessible to students, if this were used in school. The story of the refugee is not a new one, but it has been in the news a lot these past few years. This makes it important, I think, to consider the individual stories of these people who are desperate to leave their...
  • Chad
    Ebo is a young boy in Africa whose parents are dead, his sister has already made it to Europe and his brother has just left this morning. So he sets out on a journey to find his brother and make it to Europe. Along the way, he has to cross the Sahara desert, avoid soldiers, and cross the Mediterranean on a dinghy. This is a gripping, harrowing tale. I found myself holding tight to the arm of my chair as I rooted Ebo on, not knowing if he was goin...
  • Ran
    Young Ebo travels to Niger chasing his brother, Kwame, who hopes to make the journey to Europe to reunite with their sister, Sisi. The story is told through Ebo, the youngest brother, who remains the perspective of hope throughout the story and manages to sing his way through some difficult situations. However, the journey is perilous, long, and hard as the brothers make their way across not only the desert, but the sea in their journey towards p...
  • Amina
    Ebo's sister Sisi made it from Africa to Europe, when he realises his brother Kwame also left, Ebo undertakes a journey to reunite with his siblings. And what a journey...This story is, unfortunately, an everyday reality for a lot of people who try by any means and at any cost to leave their country to a better place and a better future.It was a suffocating, heart wrenching, sad story about hope, cruelty, loss and humanity.
  • Thomas
    Βαθμολογία: ★★★★★Φανταστική έκδοση, από το περιτύλιγμα (σκληρόδετο, πανέμορφο εξώφυλλο) μέχρι και το περιεχόμενο (ιστορία, σχέδιο). Η υπόθεση είναι άκρως επίκαιρη και συγκινητική. Το τέλος ίσως φαίνεται βεβιασμένο, αλλά δεν έχει σημασία, γιατί ...
  • Rod Brown
    Sick day! Chest cold and laryngitis. Time to rest, read, and review.The European migrant crisis becomes fodder for a generic dramatized graphic novel by what looks like a bunch of European white guys. Hmm. There was an over-reliance on coincidence and having a split time-line throughout much of the book took away a lot of the dramatic tension of the desert sequences, as we know who makes it to the boat later in the story's chronology. A happy end...
  • Ashley Owens
    3.5/5 stars. I received a electronic ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I really loved this graphic novel. It was emotional in a way I wasn’t expecting. This novel tells the story of Ebo, a boy from Africa who has just found out this his brother has left to try to make a life in Italy, and will eventually send him money. Their sister, Sisi, is already there so they are hoping for a reunion.Because most of this nove...
  • Robyn
    A gripping and emotional middle grade graphic novel. Pair this with Refugee by Alan Gratz. First Lines: Seahawk inflatable rubber dinghy. Maximum safe load 6 people. Currently carrying 14 passengers, p.1. Floating on the frigid Mediterranean Sea in a small balloon boat designed for six people, Ebo and his brother Kwame along with twelve other individuals are desperate to reach their destination. Twelve year old Ebo left his small village hom...
  • Alex
    Συμπαθητικό κόμικ που διαπραγματεύεται ευαίσθητο θέμα. Το σχέδιο ήταν πανέμορφο όπως και ο χρωματισμός, το σενάριο δεν βρίσκω λόγο να το αξιολογήσω μιας και είναι ιστορία που διαβάζουμε δυστυχώς καθημερινά στα media. Σίγουρα σκοπό έχει να ευαισθητ...
  • Clare Lund
    Heartbreaking and powerful. Would make for an incredible unit if taught in combination with Refugee by Alan Gratz. Ages 10 and up.
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    This graphic novel about a boy's experience as an immigrant is an incredibly powerful and timely gem. I just wish we got more, especially about Sisi and her journey.
  • Malia
    This is a short book and though I wished some parts were a bit more fleshed out, it is worth reading! I also think the graphic novel format would make important subject matter more accessible to students, if this were used in school. The story of the refugee is not a new one, but it has been in the news a lot these past few years. This makes it important, I think, to consider the individual stories of these people who are desperate to leave their...
  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    Che dolore.
  • Beth
    I was very excited to read this book, and when it was chosen as a Powell's Pick, that increased my excitement. I read it as soon as I could get my hands on a copy, and...I have mixed feelings. I think it's an important story, particularly considering the current atmosphere around the word "illegal" as applied to any group of people. I think that it will be an important piece in having conversations - particularly with young people - around this h...
  • Bridget
    What a gem of a book! The tone is exactly right, we come to feel the fears, hopes, exhilaration and live through the trauma of Ebo, as he searches for his brother who has headed off to try and get to Europe as a refugee. This is only the beginning though, after rejoicing at finding Kwame, he is then trying to earn enough money to gain passage on a boat for them to go together to Europe, where they hope to find their sister. It is hard to read, an...
  • Vishy
    I discovered 'Illegal' when I was browsing in the bookshop a couple of weeks back. A new Eoin Colfer book is always a reason to celebrate and in this case it was a graphic novel too, and so I was doubly overjoyed. The book starts with this Elie Wiesel quote - "You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    A heartbreaking story about a young boy who follows his brother across the Sahara. They then travel in a leaking boat across the Mediterranean, in an effort to make a new life and reunite with their sister in Italy. There are many sad stories of lives lost along the way, dodging violent gangs, forced to trust conmen who steal their money, and hiding from the police since they don’t have ID or travel papers. A lot of their refugee companions die...
  • Abby Johnson
    This graphic novel follows a pair of brothers escaping a dismal life in Niger by attempting to flee to Europe. The journey is long and dangerous. Many don't make it. But they keep on, hopeful to reunite with their sister in Italy and start a new life. The storyline alternates between past, detailing Ebo's journey to find his older brother, and present as the two brothers are together on a raft heading acorss the sea towards Italy. I think this gr...
  • Prince William Public Library System
    Illegal is a graphic novel that chronicles the dangerous journeys of migrants. Ebo's sister left Ghana, and hasn't been heard from since. Likewise, his brother Kwame left and disappeared. Ebo wants to follow them. His journey is arduous, dangerous, and stressful. The story goes between the past and present, giving the reader a full perspective of Ebo's life. The back of the book also provides insight into true stories.This is a chilling account t...
  • Rachael
    "You, who are so-called Illegal Aliens, must know that nooo human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful. They can be fat or skinny. They can be right or wrong. But illegal? How can a human being be illegal?""We should never have come.""I never see him again.""They must help us. We are human.""Every person is a human being."This book is emotional, heartbreaking, informative, shocking an...
  • Chelsey
    When Ebo wakes up to discover his older brother, Kwame, has left to make his way towards Europe, he chases after him. Both brothers are determined to find their sister, who attempted the journey months before. To reach her, though, they'll need to cross the Sahara and make a treacherous journey across the sea.A gripping and powerful graphic novel that stresses the value of human life. This would work really well in a classroom. The art gets the j...
  • David
    4.25I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, but it was a little too predictable. Of course it might be predictable because so many people ha e suffered similar fates trying to find a better life. The artwork was absolutely stunning and the colors so vibrant. This is a great graphic novel for students.
  • Peacegal
    I am so glad my library got this graphic novel. It truly is amazing, with stunning artwork and a thought provoking storyline. I think this story of a child refugee's quest for a better life is very much needed in the world today.
  • Kristina
    Powerful, thought provoking and sad! I still cannot believe people have to go through things like that in order to survive and reach a safer place.
  • Zoe's Human
    I had the chance to both read the graphic novel and listen to the audiobook as well. The rating is based purely on the print version. Print ReviewThis is a heartbreaking read. It is realistic look at horrors faced by many refugees and immigrants as they flee towards countries where they hope to have a better future. The art is incredible and makes you connect even more deeply to the story. It may be a difficult story for more sensitive readers to...
  • _Leselust_
    Wow, was für ein beeindruckender Comic. In sehr ansprechend gezeichneten Bildern erzählen die Autoren die Geschichte des jungen Ebo, der die Flucht aus Afrika nach Europa wagt, um seinen großen Geschwister zu folgen. Auf dieser Flucht erlebt er Schreckliches. Muss seine Heimat und alles im Vertraute verlassen. Muss sich schutzlos in die Hände von Schleppern begeben, die seine Notlage schamlos ausnutzen. Begibt sich mehrmals in Lebensgefahr. D...
  • MimiY
    Let me just say this really was pulling on my heart strings. Every word and picture just pulled me into this comic. The narrative is a young boy name Ebo who is trying to find is way to Europe. Ebo and his brother pay large sums of money to smugglers who in return provide poorly prepared boats. They had to cross the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe. I could not imagine this for myself let alone anyone else. Many innocents ...
  • Jesse
    This was incredibly painful to read. My stomach was twisted in knots the entire time. It’s not meant to be enjoyed, but to encourage empathy of the plight of emigrants. And it does. I only wish that the authors had chosen to share the story of one person. All of Ebo’s experiences happened, but to different people. I understand why they made their choice, but I think I would have connected with it more had it been one person’s experience. St...