Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Reading 2018 Illegal


This is fictional story made from pieces of what refugees truly experience as they make their way from Africa to Europe. People who attempt the journey make their way across Africa, through the Sahara until they reach Tripoli. They save their money and pay for a ride across the desert. Once they reach the port city, they must find passage on a boat or ship to cross over to Europe. If they make it across the Mediterranean, they are taken to refugee centers and must find a way to make a living and meet up with family members who have made the journey before them. 

For this account, readers follow a boy named Ebo as he tries to find his brother Kwame and join him in the journey to Europe to reunite with their sister Sisi. They encounter many difficulties including illness, dishonest human traffickers, flash floods, and leaky boats - to name a few. Throughout their ordeal, Ebo never gives up hope, just like many of the real refugees. The back matter includes an account (put into comic book form) of a refugee named Helen. 

This is a useful book for classes studying immigration, refugee situations, current events, or humanitarian organizations. The format makes the story very accessible and helps students visualize the conditions refugees endure to reach their goal.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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