For budding young activists, the true story of an intrepid Maltese woman who followed her calling to be an investigative journalist—and refused to back down.
As a little girl, Daphne wanted to be a writer, to be brave and use words and pictures to share important stories about her country, Malta. Growing up, she always had her nose in books, which she said taught her never to let other people think for her. As she got older, when she saw bad things happening in her country, she believed she could change people’s lives through peaceful protest. She would ultimately follow her dream by working for a national newspaper, becoming an influential and courageous political journalist who took on criminals the only way she knew how—through her writing. In the end, despite increasingly dangerous—and ultimately fatal—efforts by her adversaries to silence her, Daphne made a difference and was an inspiration to all who believe in freedom of speech and the power of the press. In this compelling picture book, followed by a biographical note, debut author-illustrator Gattaldo explores the life and legacy of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a fearless advocate for truth and justice.
About the Author
Gattaldo is an award-winning creative director and illustrator who studied art in Florence. As a close friend of Daphne's, he was inspired to create a book about her fearless journalism. He wrote and illustrated Fearless for children the world over to share. Gattaldo lives in London.
An arresting example of the importance of journalism and protest. This paean to Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, created by disciple Gattaldo, captures her bravery, resilience, and outspokenness while sketching out her life and showing that dedication to both her profession and ideals was intertwined with how she lived. Striking illustrations—the focal points are in color while detailed drawings and paintings in the background are primarily monochromatic—are tied closely to the text. —Kirkus Reviews
May lead readers to learn more about its subject, while highlighting the importance—and, here, risks—of investigative journalism. —Booklist
This title is an excellent example of a journalist using the power of the press as an advocate for change, and the risks that may be attached to that passion. —School Library Connection