“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”
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. On a dare, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano enters an old, abandoned farmhouse, where he stumbles upon a secret so terrible that he can’t tell anybody. As the truth emerges, Michele learns that the horror in the creepy old house is closer to home than he ever imagined.
A widely acclaimed international bestseller, I’m Not Scared is a spine-tingling novel that combines a coming of age narrative with a satisfying, enthralling story of suspense.
About the Author
Niccolo Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written two collections of short stories and six novels, four of which have been translated into English. His second novel, I'll Steal You Away, was long listed for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He was the youngest ever winner of the Italian Viareggio Literary Prize for Fiction for his bestselling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages. As God Commands received the prestigious Premio Strega Prize in 2007, and his novel Me and You was made into a feature film by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Jonathan Hunt lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, the illustrator Lisa Hunt. He has illustrated over ten books for children.
“A suspense story as gripping as any Hitchcock classic.” —The Washington Post
“Niccolò Ammaniti is talented, and his descriptions of the sun-baked Italian earth give off a heat that singes the reader’s fingertips. . . . Enjoy this book right down to its bittersweet Faulknerian ending.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Ammaniti [has an] almost cinematic ability to conjure detail . . . utterly convincing.” —The New Yorker
“This book is breathless, and surprising, to the last word.” —The Baltimore Sun