Posts Tagged ‘Niccolo Ammaniti’

Fourteen year old Lorenzo, a loner who tries very hard to ‘fit in’ tells his parents that he has been invited to go on a skiing holiday for a week with a group of kids from school.  Instead of going, he hides out in the cellar of his apartment block.  All is well until his half sister, Olivia, appears and wants to share his hiding place.  Ammaniti is a gifted writer who chooses difficult issues and confronts them head on.  The Italian title of this book is “io e te”.

Although this could be a somewhat confusing read for a YA reader, the message it sends is powerful.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitable:  Year 10-12

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While completing a dare, nine year old Michele happens upon something so momentous he was too scared to confide in any of the local kids, his friends in a small Italian village.   Mixed in with the tension that commences on page one and continues to the very end, is an opportunity to explore and and enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside.  It is a story of friendship, trust, betrayal and love.  Excellent writing.  Excellent story.  Impossible to put down until the very end!

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction:
Suitable:  Year 9-12+

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