ILLEGAL, the powerful graphic novel about immigration by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin, with art by Giovanni Rigano has won the 2021 RED Book Award.
RED stands for Read, Enjoy, Discuss, annual awards for 13 to 14 year-olds that have been running since 2006, organised by the excellent Falkirk Library Services. They aim to encourage reading and debate in their secondary schools and he award is voted for by pupils in Falkirk schools.
In April each year members of the RED Book Award committee read and reduce a long list of books from nominated titles to the four shortlisted books which have that “WOW “factor. Multiple copies of the shortlisted titles are sent out to each High School librarian in August and the RED Book Award journey of reading enjoying and debating begins.
First published in 2017, iILLEGAL is an award-winning, 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.
It opens with young 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…
“Absolutely amazing,” enthused co-writer Andrew Donkin at the news. “Thank you so much to all the schools who voted and all the fab teachers and librarians that made the awards happen!”
• ILLEGAL is available from all good bookshops and from AmazonUK here (Affiliate Link)
• Giovanni Rigano is online at http://riganogiovanni.blogspot.co.uk
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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