Kalief’s Island

Kalief’s Island

Davide Orecchio & Mara Cerri

Original Title
L'isola di Kalief
Published
Orecchio acerbo, 2021
Genre
Picture books
Pages
32
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Kalief’s Island

Davide Orecchio & Mara Cerri

A girl is about to fly to school on her skateboard. The air is pure and free, the surrounding nature
is wonderful and she is happy. but it hasn’t always been like this on Kalief’s Island.

The girl looks back at the time when the air stank of fumes and all that existed on the island was
an enormous prison, Rikers prison, where one day Kalief, a young boy accused of stealing a bag, was taken.
Kalief insisted he was innocent. What he was fighting for was no more than a fair trial. But instead he was put in an isolation cell and treated with violence. Only after years in prison, a judge realized that there was no case against Kalief. When they released him, Kalief had lost all of himself, even the will to live.

In this story, Kalief’s tenacious struggle and ultimate sacrifice did serve to transform Rikers prison into a flowering garden where children aren’t afraid to live.

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