|Fearless : the story of Daphne Caruana Galizia, defender of free speech
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. 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.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
School Library Journal (10/01/21)
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Booklist - 09/01/2021 This nonfiction picture book introduces Maltese journalist and activist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Young Daphne, an avid reader, finds inspiration in the writings and stories of others, including the value of inquisitiveness. Select moments from her life follow, from being jailed for participating in a protest to getting married and having children and, ultimately, becoming an investigative journalist challenging the “powerful and mighty” and revealing their “misdeeds” through her reporting. Though publicly harassed and threatened (and her dogs being killed), she perseveres, and her articles reach beyond Malta, motivating others to speak out for positive change. Soft-shaded, mixed-media illustrations lend dimension and sometimes extend the more generalized, straightforward text. Though little context is provided for Galizia’s endeavors, various causes are visually alluded to, including through newspaper headlines (“Women’s Rights,” “Unite Against Racism,” and so on). Appended information shares further biographical details, including on Galizia’s death, by targeted car bomb, in 2017. While more a broad overview than in-depth account, this may lead readers to learn more about its subject, while highlighting the importance—and, here, risks—of investigative journalism. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 Gr 2–5—Reading books as a child taught Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to always think for herself. As a young adult, she and her friends began to notice injustices around them and believed that peaceful protest could help solve some of the problems within their country, which led to her arrest. Galizia raised her own children to follow their curiosity and stand up against injustice as well. Though there were few women in journalism at the time, Galizia began writing for a national newspaper where she spoke out against the status quo. Powerful adversaries often tried to silence her voice, but Galizia kept writing. Muted watercolor-and-ink illustrations complement the sparse text in this picture book biography, with context about Galizia's political viewpoints revealed not in the body of the text but in images of newspaper headlines decrying racism, sexism, censorship, and more. The political climate in Malta is not explored, potentially leaving readers to wonder about Galizia's impact and the risks inherent in her activism. Back matter includes color photos, an author's note, and further information on Galizia's career and life, including her subsequent death by car bomb in 2017. VERDICT A simplistic but powerful take on one woman's commitment to using her voice to fight injustice may inspire readers to look elsewhere to dive deeper.—Allison Staley, Lake Oswego P.L., OR - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.