Sami lives with his grandfather in a fishing village the Bay of Bengal where the rising tides and frequent storms have made everyday survival difficult. Setting out further and further into the ocean in search of fish, Sami and his grandfather frequently return empty handed. Sami needs their luck to change – and fast.

Yuki lives in Nova Scotia and her Inuit village has become increasingly deserted as more and more people leave for an easier life in the city. The accelerated the effects of global warming has caused glaciers to melt, permafrost to thaw and a new species of grolar bears – half grizzly, half polar bear, to venture further into human villages. Setting off in secret with her loyal dog Lockjaw, Yuki hopes to photograph a grolar bear, risking her own safety to try to protect it.

Told in a dual narrative, Global is a work of fiction that investigates the harsh reality of how climate change is actively affecting our world in the present. Highlighting the vulnerability of children, who are more likely to negatively experience the effects of climate change, the linked stories of Sami and Yuki remind us that no one will go unaffected by the climate crisis.

As in the collaborator’s memorable first graphic novel Illegal, Rigano’s illustrations bring a layer of depth and reality to the text. Bold lines and colour illuminate gritty, striking scenes, capturing the myriad of emotions experienced by the characters as they struggle to cope in a world that is coming undone. It is impossible to walk away from this graphic novel without having some of these images linger in your mind.

A powerful and at times difficult read, everyone should read this graphic novel as a powerful wake-up call to the changes that must be made to protect our planet.

About the Author
Eoin Colfer Headshot
Eoin Colfer is the author of the New York Times best-selling Artemis Fowl series, which was adapted into a major motion picture from the Walt Disney Studios. He also wrote the critically acclaimed WARP trilogy, and many other novels, chapter books, and picturebooks for young readers. Eoin was the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, from 2014 – 2016. He lives with
Learn more