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A widely acclaimed international best seller, I'm Not Scared combines a coming-of-age narrative with a satisfying and spine-tingling story of suspense.

A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. When the gang find a dilapidated farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano makes a discovery so momentous he dare not tell a soul. It is a secret that will force Michele to question everything and everyone around him.

An enthralling thriller, I'm Not Scared is also a devastatingly authentic portrayal of childhood and the tension when it must join the adult world.

©2001 Niccolò Ammaniti, 2001. English Translation Jonathan Hunt, 2003 (P)2017 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Critic Reviews

"There is horror and beauty so neatly juxtaposed and well-crafted that the effect is breath-taking." (Vogue)
"An exquisite parable about the loss of innocence." (The Daily Telegraph)
"Ammaniti’s prose is faultless from the first." (The Independent on Sunday)

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  • jnowlrose
  • 01-10-18

enjoyable

I enjoyed this book, but have to admit found it a bit tense at times for a bed time book!