Delighted to report that our new graphic novel, ILLEGAL, has won the Judges’ Special Award at Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Myself, Eoin, and Gio are bowled over and very excited, moved, and grateful – all at the same time. Thank you.
The awards took place in Dublin on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Internationally handsome author, Eoin Colfer, was on hand to collect the award for #TeamIllegal.
Describing ILLEGAL, the judges said: “This timely and powerful graphic novel charts a young boy’s journey across the Sahara Desert on the long, dangerous trek towards Italy and the potential for a new life there and reunion with his sister. This affecting book weaves together real stories of migration with immersive, naturalistic illustrations and carefully paced, minimalistic text. Combining intensity with accessibility, this is an important book that will stimulate important conversations and reflection about human rights, inclusion, solidarity, and prejudice.”
The chair of the judging panel, Dr Patricia Kennon, explained: “Bringing together exciting new voices in illustration and writing as well as beloved and well-known authors, the 2018 Book of the Year Awards showcases the best in Irish literature for young people. Exploring and discussing the best of Irish children’s literature has been very rewarding and enjoyable, both professionally and personally. The jury panel inclusively draws together a wealth of expertise across different sectors in the children’s literature arena including booksellers, teachers, students, academics, authors, illustrators, teachers, and Irish-language specialists. This wide range of knowledge is a crucial aspect of the awards and I would like to thank the judges for their rigour, dedication, and respect for young readers.”