I'm Not Scared

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Text Publishing Company, Feb 3, 2003 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Winner of the Viareggio-Repaci Prize, I'm Not Scared is a devastatingly authentic portrayal of childhood.

One relentless summer, while the adults shelter indoors, six children explore the scorched wheatfields that surround their tiny community in the Italian countryside. But when the gang chances on a tumbledown farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano makes a discovery so momentous he dare not tell anyone about it and he must summon all of his imaginative resources to deal with his terrible secret.

This is an enthralling and terrifying story about friendship and betrayal, guilt and innocence, which drives us inexorably to its tragic climax.

'Readers will find this accomplished work hard to put down and even harder to forget.' Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

The story is told by a nine-year-old Italian boy, Michele, who lives in a tiny establishment (it can't even be called a village because it's only a row of 5 houses) called Acqua Traverso. One day ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

Set during the heat wave in the summer of 1978, in rural Italy nine year old Michele and his friends pretty much have the countryside to themselves. The parents stay in and try to alleviate the heat ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Niccolo Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. At thirty-four, Ammaniti was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Viareggio-Repaci prize, for the novel I’m Not Scared. An international bestseller, it is currently taught in Australian schools, with a film adaptation released in 2004. It was followed by the novels Steal You Away and The Crossroads.

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