128 pages

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List Price US $24.99
ISBN: 9781942658405


ISBN: 9781942658412

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“A searing tale of our time. . . . Once you read this deeply troubling book, passing by, looking away, is no longer an option.”

Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse and An Eagle in the Snow

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“Groundbreaking. . . . Stunning text.”


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“Takes us to the human soul of the migrant crisis and the exploitation they face.”

Daily Record

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“Amnesty International UK endorses Alpha because it provides insight into the realities of migration and the desperate search for a better life.”

Nicky Parker, Publisher of Amnesty International UK

Alpha’s wife and son left Côte d’Ivoire months ago to join his sister-in-law in Paris, but Alpha has heard nothing from them since. With a visa, Alpha’s journey to reunite with his family would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee camps in northern Africa, overcrowded boats carrying migrants between the Canary Islands and Europe’s southern coast, and an unforgettable cast of fellow travelers lost and found along the way. Throughout, Alpha stays the course, carrying his loved ones’ photograph close to his heart as he makes his perilous trek across continents.

Featuring emotive, full-color artwork created in felt-tip pen and wash, Alpha is an international award–winning graphic novel supported by Amnesty International and Le Korsa, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving human lives in Senegal.

Bessora and Barroux’s graphic novel Alpha is translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone, an award-winning translator of over forty titles including The Little Prince Graphic Novel, a New York Times Notable Book. Ardizzone has twice won the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. She also curates educational programs, including Translation Nation, Translators in Schools, and the Spectacular Translation Machine. She lives in London.

PEN Promotes Award

Doctors Without Borders Prize

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist

Big Other “Most Anticipated Small Press Book” selection

Excerpt from Alpha

Watch Bessora discuss her graphic novel Alpha on the BBC’s Authors Live.

View a gallery of images from Alpha in the Guardian.

Find a wealth of resources for your book club and classroom at The Alpha Book.