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GROWN UP

Daniele Nicastro

THE MAFIA THROUGH THE UNAWARE EYES OF A BOY THAT WANTS TO GROW UP AT ALL COSTS

Thirteen-year-old Luke wants to go on holiday with his friends.

Instead he is made to go to a remote village in Sicily. Not even the companionship of his cousins can raise his spirits. Paul has become a bookworm who thinks only of his studies, his family and their shop and Cettina is too young and besides she’s a girl.

Luca gets to know Mario who has a scooter and the latest iphone model and what’s more, he invites him to the pub. Luca has never been to a pub. No one has ever offered him a drink. That’s for grown-ups. But he can’t wait to do grown-up things. “If you stick with me you’ll have a good time”, Mario tells him.

The summer is saved but behind all that freedom, parties by the swimming pool and new buddies, there lurks a pitiless enemy. Its name is Mafia.

COVER: Iacopo Bruno
FIRST PUBLISHER: Einaudi Ragazzi (Italy), 2016

Daniele Nicastro

Daniele lives in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, where he writes everything from novels to cards and messages in bottles. He began telling stories as a boy, whenever he came home late. His debut novel Grande (Grown Up) won the Legenda Junior Prize and was shortlisted for the Bancarellino Prize 2018.