"Illegal" by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

In this graphic novel illustrated by Giovanni Rigano, Ebo and his brother Kwame attempt the dangerous journey from Ghana to Europe in search of a better life.

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  1. dinghy
    a small boat of shallow draft
    Seahawk Inflatable Rubber Dinghy. Maximum safe load 6 people.
  2. superstitious
    showing faith in magic and ignorance of the laws of nature
    Don't be so superstitious.
  3. navigate
    direct and plot the path and position of a conveyance
    I keep the moon on my left. This is how I navigate.
  4. depot
    a station for loading and unloading passengers or goods
    Buses leave from the depot all the time.
  5. adrift
    afloat on the surface of a body of water
    The engine's finished. We are adrift in this endless ocean.
  6. fare
    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
    Do you have money for your fare?
  7. vast
    unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
    The air somehow grows hotter without the sun. The land is a vast oven.
  8. tremble
    move quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
    My hand trembles when I show the photograph.
  9. coincidence
    an accidental event that seems to have been arranged
    Your best team is flying over your head right now! What a coincidence!
  10. muffle
    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    The voices above me are muffled to silence.
  11. antiseptic
    a substance that destroys harmful microorganisms
    The packets say " Antiseptic Wipes." There must be a use for these.
  12. fiance
    a man who is engaged to be married
    He kissed the bridesmaid and upset her fiancé.
  13. restless
    lacking physical or mental ease
    The audience looks restless.
  14. sweltering
    excessively hot and humid; marked by sweating and faintness
    The ceiling fans are not working and it's sweltering inside.
  15. rejoice
    feel happiness
    Rejoice rejoice
    Far and near...
    Tell your sweetheart
    Love is here...
  16. numb
    lacking sensation
    My arms are numb, Nuru. I can't feel them. I have no strength to keep a grip any longer.
  17. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
    A boat suddenly emerges...
    No lights, because they do not want to be seen.
  18. gasp
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    I hear someone gasp and realize it's me.
  19. sensible
    showing reason or sound judgment
    All sensible travelers fear crossing the desert.
  20. jolt
    move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion
    The truck bumps and jolts and people try hard not to fall on each other.
  21. accent
    distinctive manner of oral expression
    Your accent...where are you from?
  22. spare
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    There's not an inch of spare deck space.
  23. exhaust
    wear out completely
    Thank you for helping my wife. The baby is exhausting her.
  24. horizon
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    We stare at the horizon, at the spot where the jeep disappeared.
  25. ripple
    stir up so as to form small waves
    Wind ripples our faces.
  26. strain
    become stretched or tense or taut
    There's a groan of metal straining.
  27. surcharge
    an additional fee required for some service or item
    Because of the extra soldiers around today, there will be a surcharge.
  28. rabid
    infected by an acute viral disease of the nervous system
    "Careful of the dogs—some are rabid."
  29. inform
    act as one who reveals confidential knowledge
    It's better than giving money for a room to someone you don't trust. There's no one to inform on you.
  30. chaos
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    Everything is noise and chaos and water.
  31. migrant
    traveler who moves from one region or country to another
    In other news, hundreds more migrants have been rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.
  32. capsize
    overturn accidentally
    In other news, hundreds more migrants have been rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.
  33. refugee
    an exile who flees for safety
    The survivors were taken to a refugee center where they are being treated after their ordeal.
  34. ordeal
    a severe or trying experience
    The survivors were taken to a refugee center where they are being treated after their ordeal.
  35. formidable
    inspiring fear or dread
    The distances involved are formidable and the sea currents are unpredictable.
  36. colossal
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    The United Nations has described the situation as "a colossal humanitarian catastrophe."
  37. endure
    undergo or be subjected to
    Many of the people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea have already endured a long and dangerous journey.
  38. perish
    pass from physical life
    Many more migrants would perish in the Mediterranean without the daily search-and-rescue operations run by humanitarian organizations.
  39. humanitarian
    of or relating to the promotion of popular welfare
    Many more migrants would perish in the Mediterranean without the daily search-and-rescue operations run by humanitarian organizations.
  40. embark
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    Every person making the choice to embark on that journey has their own reasons for doing so.

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