“I’m Not Scared,”
by Niccolo Ammaniti
Can a nine-year-old be brave?
Brave enough to try to save the life of another boy?
Niccolo Ammaniti’s little, 200-page mystery is one you’ll read in one sitting.
You’ll have to.
You’ll just have to find out what happens when young Michele makes an amazing discovery as he and his friends are out exploring in the Italian countryside where they live.
Ammaniti captures Italian family life, community tension, childhood fears and blunders that anyone who has been a child will identify with.
Best of all is how he puts readers inside the mind of his nine-year-old hero. He lets us see how someone who is just a boy knows the difference between right and wrong and is willing to risk the consequences of doing what his heart tells him he must.
This is not a new work but one first published in Italian in 2001 and translated into English by Jonathan Hunt in 2003. That “I’m Not Scared” has been translated into 20 languages should tell you how good a read it is. — bz