Hodder Children’s Books have acquired a new graphic novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano, called ‘ILLEGAL.’
ILLEGAL is based on the idea of asylum and features the stories of migrants Ebo and Kwame as they make their way from Africa to Europe.
From Sophie Hicks Agency:
Hodder Children’s Books has acquired a timely and powerful graphic novel from Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano. Lifelong comic fans, Colfer and Donkin have collaborated previously on five very successful graphic novel adaptations of Colfer’s books. This is their first original graphic novel together.
ILLEGAL is the story of Ebo and Kwame and their tortuous journey from North Africa to seek a new life in Europe. Eoin Colfer says, “We wanted to tell this important story in the visually rich and immediately engaging format of a graphic novel – it’s the perfect medium in which to do it.”
Visualised in glorious full-colour art, this extraordinary story is brought to vivid life for an audience of children and adults who are aware of the very real plight of migrants and asylum seekers through the news today. On a topic which is often dehumanised through the media, Colfer and Donkin offer a first person perspective of what migrants and refugees must overcome to survive, told with empathy and undertanding. Additionally, the graphic novel also features three powerful stories of migrants told in their own words, adapated into the graphic format by the team.
ILLEGAL will be published in paperback in Autumn 2016 by Hodder.
Eoin briefly spoke about ILLEGAL in the 2015 AFC Birthday Interview: