Author & Illustrator: Gattaldo - Candlewick Press 2021
Daphne Caruana Galizia grew up on the Island of Malta. From an early age she dreamed of being a writer so she could share stories about her country. She loved reading and through books she learned to be a free thinker. Daphne lived her dream; she grew up, spoke up and became a powerful, courageous journalist. Daphne and her friends saw bad things happening in her country, she believed peaceful protest was important and was even arrested for it. She married, had three children and encouraged her children to fight for justice as well. She started writing for a newspaper and was not afraid to publish the truth. She was threatened, her dog was killed to send a message but, that just empowered her to spread the truth all the more.
Daphne Caruana Galizia (1964-2017) was killed in 2017 when a bomb placed under her car exploded. She inspired and encouraged others to stand up for free speech by keeping others informed about the truth. This book was written and illustrated by her good friend.
What a powerful book, another story I was not aware of, the message is powerful and the images are so well done as well. I love how Candlewick Press through the books that they have decided to publish are spreading powerful messages to young children about the importance of standing up for one's beliefs. This book is targeted at grades 2-4 (ages 7-9). Beautifully done.
Rating - 5/5 stars
Note: This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.