“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
NICCOL? AMMANITI was born in Rome in 1966. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories. His first novel, I ll Steal you Away, was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He won the prestigious Italian Viareggio- R?paci 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 Premio Strega Prize in 2007. Visit him online at www.niccoloammaniti.it/eng.
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