The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill was the winner of CBC Canada Reads 2016.
Keita Ali is a young marathon runner from the fictional island of Zantoroland. After his father is murdered for his political views, Keita escapes while running a marathon in the county of Freedom State. Now he is an illegal refugee and his only way to earn money is by participating in road races. Each race puts him at additional risk for capture and deportation. Meanwhile his sister is still in danger in his homeland and he needs to find a way to save her too.
The Illegal will appeal to anyone interested in a fictional take on our current global refugee crisis as well as someone looking for a fast-paced story filled with danger and political corruption. The Haliburton County Public Library has multiple copies available, so you can borrow The Illegal from a branch near you.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.