I'm Not Scared

I'm Not Scared

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A lyrical novel of a nine-year-old boy's experiences living in a small town in rural Italy follows young Michele Amitrano who makes a horrifying, momentous discovery in a dilapidated, uninhabited farmhouse that turns his life upside down. 25,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
In a tiny community of five houses enclosed by wheat fields, the adults shelter indoors, while six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.
Exploring a dilapidated and uninhabited farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he dare not tell anyone about it. To come to terms with what he has found, Michele has to draw strength from his own sense of humanity.

& Taylor

In the summer of 1978 in a small Italian village, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano loses his innocence of childhood when he accidentally uncovers a dark secret being kept by the adults of Acqua Traverse.

Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2003
ISBN: 9781841952970
Branch Call Number: F AMM
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunt, Jonathan 1951-


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Feb 03, 2018


This one was gripping from the start. The main character was trustworthy, considerate. I liked him at the helm. The secondary characters had legs too. I'm Not Scared about finding out dark truths about family and the darkness that humans are capable of. Combine the two and there's this coming-of-age story. It's a translated book and it was well done because it read seamlessly, as if it had been originally written in English.

It's not a long book so I read it fast and it was disappointing to have the experience come to an end. I searched for a sequel but there isn't one, which is probably for best. I did find that the book was made into a movie (2004) but the library doesn't have it. BOO. I will submit a request to SPL to order a copy.

art1130 Dec 18, 2011

I personally loved this book! so interesting and sad. a book about torture to a youth and how another youth becomes friends with him, when he has greater connections to the child then he thought! The translation seemed a little off though but was still amazing.

Oct 01, 2011

A good story about a boy's loss of innocence in rural Italy. This novella is based on a true story.


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