Alone: The Journeys of Three Young Refugees is the illustrated adaptation-in-prose of the Gémeaux Award-winning documentary film, Seuls, by director Paul Tom. In these pages we meet Alain, Patricia, and Afshin – three of the many hundreds of child refugees who arrive in Canada every year alone without their families.
Alone Groundwood Books
The Journeys of Three Young Refugees
Translated by Arielle Aaronson
Illustrated by Mélanie Baillairgé
To promote empathy, the reader is inserted as the main character at the outset of each chapter. “Imagine that you’re going away. Far, far away. And neither of your parents will come with you.” Alone uses this trick sparingly, but effectively. On a muted canvas peppered with stark reds and greens, illustrator Mélanie Baillairgé storyboards the bitterness of separation and the bittersweet relief of arrivals. In Alone, these tender and real stories find shelter.mRb