Fearless, the Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia by Gattaldo

Published by Otter-Barry Books, 2020.

This picture book tells the story of the life of journalist and political campaigner Daphne Caruana Galizia. She was born and grew up in Malta. From an early age, she was interested in the power of the written word. As a teen she became involved in political activism and participated in peaceful protests. As an adult, she became a journalist and wrote for a national newspaper. She then dedicated her life to the pursuit of truth – uncovering organised crime, money laundering and political corruption. She also campaigned for women’s rights and spoke out about racism. She was persecuted by those whose wrongdoings she uncovered and was eventually murdered – a bomb was detonated under her car. Despite this, her legacy lives on; she has inspired more and more people around the world to speak out about injustice.

At a time when we are inundated with fake news, the book’s themes of truth, asking questions, and then making up your own mind from an informed position are more important than ever.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a truly remarkable woman and is a great role model. She often felt alone in her struggle for truth, but she carried on regardless. Her bravery when faced with violent threats is an inspiration. Her life story would make a terrific focus for a unit of work on biographies.

Fearless would also be a great springboard for discussions around truth – in particular standing up for truth, even when those around you are keeping silent.

Fearless would be a great addition to any KS2 classroom. The illustrations, particularly the stylised ones, are very striking. I also liked the contrast between the muted colours of the illustrations and the boldness of Daphne’s orange clothing. Daphne really stands out in each picture.

The book is endorsed by Amnesty International.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 8+

I originally reviewed this book for the BooksforTopics website. Thank you to Otter-Barry Books and BooksforTopics for sending me this book to review.

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