A beautiful, heartbreaking novel based on the true story of an Afghan boy's journey in search of a home.
Born in Turin in 1972, Fabio Geda is an Italian novelist who works with children in difficulties. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in the most famous Italian school of storytelling (Scuola Holden, in Turin). This is his first book to be translated into English.
"A true story woven into a wonderful piece of fiction . . . This is a story of perseverance and endurance made all the more moving as it is based on truth" * The Bookseller * "Fabio has a poetic turn of phrase, but lets events speak for themselves. The result is a moving and eye-opening chronicle of hardships no child should have to endure, mitigated by intermittent kindness" * The Sunday Times * "Geda's voice combines the plucky survivor's determination of his charge with moments of pathos-soaked poignancy and others of joyful laughter . . . This little gem, beautifully and unobtrusively translated, will raise tears of sorrow and of joy" * Independent * "Based on a true story, this extraordinary tale of a young boy's search for a home will be published simultaneously in adult and YA editions" * The Bookseller * "This powerful true-life tale ... is sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction." * Carousel 'Pick of the Year' *