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2 HOPE L ULTIMO SEGRETO DEL FUOCO In a timeless world, a young, great heroine has the power of the most intense light: Fire, the divine gift men have forgotten A journey of self-discovery. A great adventure in the name of true friendship October 2013 Pages: 536 Hope is thirteen years old, she has green eyes and red hair. She doesn t know who her parents are, she has forgotten her own past and she has no idea how she arrived in Kaerlud after the Dark Wars destroyed the world. She may seem like an ordinary orphan, but she s is not: Hope has the incredible power to create fire simply by opening her hands. Considered a witch and rejected by everyone, Hope finds out that the Gods have a devastating plan in mind: they want to regain control of the Earth and to exterminate the descendants of Prometheus. The Immortals are ready to use any means necessary, including the most terrible ones, and to unleash monsters and other diabolic creatures to achieve their goals. In an epic journey through labyrinths and lost underwater cities, Hope will have to face up to her destiny as the Chosen One and will have to give the wise Guardians of Time and the valiant warriors of Nazar a reason to fight. CAILÍN ÓG Cailín Óg is an Irish writer who was born in Dublin in Her true identity remains a secret.
3 AMORI ELEMENTARI Based on this book, the film of the same name that will be released on 5 December 2013 on 380 screens Matilde has been in love with Tobia since their third year in primary school, and she thinks it is high time they become officially engaged. Katerina and Aleksej are from Russia; they have an indissoluble bond which started on a plane many years before. Over time, the four of them have become a very tight-knit group of friends, always ready for new adventures. Their figure skating and hockey teams will take part in an important championship held in Moscow, a much-awaited event that will change their lives, and the lives of their friends, forever. November 2013 Pages: 180 SERGIO BASSO and MARIANNA CAPPI Sergio Basso has worked with Gianni Amelio as an assistant director and dialogue writer. He has also worked for publishing houses and institutions such as IlSole24ore, SKIRA, the University of Milan and Oxford University. Marianna Cappi is a journalist and a scriptwriter. She teaches screenwriting on some Master courses. She lives and works in Rome.
4 IL PIANETA SENZA BACI (E SENZA BICI) After Acqua Dolce (20,000 copies sold, awarded the Premio Biblioteche di Roma) and Magica Amicizia (shortlisted for the Premio Bancarellino 2012), here is the new novel for young readers by the author-musician Italian schools love the most (the author-musician most loved by Italian schools) August 2013 Pages: 120 Mattia is eleven and has always wanted a cat. So, when one night he finds a cat in his garden, the temptation is too strong and he adopts it. Little Fusolo, however, is an alien and it brings Mattia to planet Blue, a hyper technological world where even children can drive motorbikes and fly using a helihelmet. Nevertheless, very soon Mattia will have to face the strict, unbending rules of that world: animals are banned, strangers are viewed with suspicion and things like eating, running, laughing and even kissing are strictly forbidden. A children s book that speaks to adults too, so that grown-ups don t not forget that children have the right to be children, and adults have the right to be free, colourful and emotionally touched. «In Andrea Bouchard s novels, the imagination of youth takes over and transforms the world of adults, showing us the things that really matter». Andersen ANDREA BOUCHARD Andrea Bouchard, one of the best known young authors in Italy, was born in Milan in When he was twenty-one, he dropped out of university to follow his artistic vocation. In Rome he attended various courses in music, acting and creative writing while working at the same time. In 1998 the Town Council of Rome and Amnesty International chose one of his papers to promote the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Children in the schools in Rome. Acqua dolce won the prize Biblioteche di Roma 2010.
5 JASON The new funny series that teaches children how to deal with the world without fear and with a smile on their face To the many fans of Geronimo Stilton, here is the most modern, funny and out-of-this-world super-protagonist of all time Jason is not just like all the other superheroes, he is stronger than any of them. And he is definitely the most stylish of them all: he wears a red jacket, pleated trousers and his shoes are always so polished you can see yourself in them. August 2013 Pages: 96 «Jason is the best pilot to lead you into the endless world of imagination». Andrea Camilleri BARBARA FRANDINO and STEFANO MISESTI Barbara Frandino is a professional journalist. She has been a news and political reporter for la Repubblica. She is an author of radio shows and documentaries, a translator and scriptwriter. Stefano Misesti is an illustrator, painter and comic strip author. He lives between Italy and Taiwan.
6 IL VIVA VERDI Giuseppe Verdi s story as it has never been told before: narrated live, immersed in the atmosphere of the time and enriched with rare, unknown details. The book everyone will be talking about this autumn, on the occasion of the bicentennial anniversary of Verdi s birth. September 2013 Pages: 264 In 1879, after seven years of silence, Giuseppe Verdi goes back to Milan to conduct a triumphant performance of his Messa da Requiem. Everybody is wondering whether he will write something new; however, Verdi seems more interested in travelling, taking care of his business and his estate. After many unsuccessful attempts, even his publisher, Giulio Ricordi, does not doesn t know what else to do. To lure the composer, he proposes an opera based on Shakespeare s play Othello. Ricordi already has a librettist in mind: Arrigo Boito, a poet, musician and the author of Mefistofele. But why does Verdi speak ill of him? Vivacious, ironic, enjoyable and packed with unpublished anecdotes, Il Viva Verdi is the portrait of an age and a city that were changeable and hectic, and in which art met popular taste in unique, unforgettable, sublime ways. «A blend of fiction and History told by an exceptional narrator, scapigliato Arrigo Boito». La Repubblica JACOPO GHILARDOTTI Jacopo Ghilardotti is a bookseller in Milan, the city where he was born fifty years ago. He is a television writer for Sky Classica.
7 LE GIACCHE DEGLI ALLENATORI All football lovers, old and new, will recognise themselves in this book; an irresistible adventure that deals with the most important values in life: selflessness, courage and loyalty. And a lot of irony September 2013 Pages: 112 Edo is ten years old and loves football above all else. One day, he comes across a building under construction. Here, he finds a great number of objects from the past, particularly some old jackets. Edo puts a jacket on and, as if by magic, he finds himself in the 1970s at La Pinetina sport centre, while Inter are is training. Edo will live a unique experience that will allow him to get to know the great champions of the time: Altobelli, Beccalossi and Eugenio Bersellini, nicknamed the Iron Sergeant. «This book helps us understand what the real dream of a child is». Javier Zanetti «This book brought back the memories of my magic Inter. Children who love football will love it». Evaristo Beccalossi «The younger football fans are, the nicer they are. For them, football is a beautiful fairy tale without end». Eugenio Bersellini. GABRIELLA GREISON Gabriella Greison was born in Milan in the mid-1970s. She has never supported a specific club, but she has always loved football. After she completed her degree in nuclear physics, she decided she wanted to be to become a journalist. She has been writing for La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sport Week, and La Repubblica since She writes about current affairs, politics, social and cultural issues for Vanity Fair. She has a blog called Greison Anatomy. In television, she has established herself as a sport analyst for Rai Sport.
8 L ARCHITETTURA SEGRETA DEL MONDO The darkest Inspector of Italian crime fiction Esoteric just like Robert Langdon, but absolutely Italian to the bone. Fascinating just like Montalbano, but with long hair An insoluble irresolvable case reminiscent of the Harry Quebert Affair, with evil coming from the past January 2013 Pages: 350 If a tourist drowns in water less than one metre deep, while some hundred bathers frolicked were frolicing in the sea, and nobody paid was paying any attention to her, it is quite possibly a homicide. This is exactly what Inspector Sensi maintains, partly because he is eager to start working on a case, any case, to forget his personal problems, even if only for a little while. Thus, when the tourist dies mysteriously, even her husband and colleagues don t look too surprised. To unearth the truth, Inspector Sensi and his team will have to run from Liguria to England and Sicily, with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you turning pages with bated breath. SUSANNA RAULE Susanna Raule is 32 years old. She is a psychologist, a translator and a web consultant, and has been writing comic scripts since In 2010, her novel L ombra del commissario Sensi was among the winners of the ILo Scrittore literary award, a writing contest organised by Gruppo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol.
9 RIME RAMINGHE A new poetry collection by Bruno Tognolini, who was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Premio Andersen Il Mondo dell Infanzia 2011 for his Rime di rabbia January 2013 Pages: 350 Fifty poems without borders, verses that travel and roam. Rhymes that are written for a reason, or for a person, and end up travelling the world used by everyone. Verses that never stop, surpass the poet s intentions and... thus turn into Rime raminghe (Wandering rhymes). A poetry collection that enchants the reader with its sparkling creativity and the joyous and playful richness of its poetic language. An intensely heartfelt and indignant tone characterises the poems, which also display Tognolini s deep civic engagement. «He is the most self-aware and qualified heir of Gianni Rodari s lesson». W. Fochesato, Andersen «Bruno Tognolini s nursery rhymes are written and donated to children as if they were tools for the soul or divining rods». L Unità «Bruno Tognolini is an experienced Nursery Rhyme-r and a Magician-Poet». Il Segnalibro «Even adults could benefit from Tognolini s nursery rhymes». La Repubblica BRUNO TOGNOLINI Bruno Tognolini was born in Cagliari in He studied at DAMS in Bologna, the city where he currently lives when he is not travelling to meet his readers. He has been awarded the Premio Andersen twice and has been an author of TV programmes for many years. He has written nearly thirty books.
10 LA NOTTE DELLE STATUE A writer who has sold over half a million copies. The first book for young readers written by the author of the Inspector Bordelli series An intensely atmospheric illustrated book, set in one of Italy s most important landmarks: the Boboli Gardens in Florence October 2013 Pages: 48 One night, little Gigo finds himself locked in the Boboli Gardens. In such a place, every night the statues come to life and then go back to sleep when the morning comes. Flying on the back of Pegasus, the winged horse, Gogo will discover an enchanted world, made of dreams and wishes. Marco Vichi, a longtime author and a gifted creator of atmospheres, tells this fantastic adventure with the narrative mastery he is famous for. «Marco Vichi is a great weaver of stories!». Corriere della Sera MARCO VICHI Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957 and lives in the Chianti region. He has written short stories, plays and novels, among which the successful series featuring Inspector Bordelli. His novel Morte a Firenze won the Giorgio Scerbanenco Prize La Stampa for the best Italian noir novel.
11 NON-FICTION LA REPUBBLICA SIAMO NOI A new civic book by an author who has sold over 300,000 copies in Italy A precious instrument to turn the Italian Constitution into a civil emotion: deep as the Italian Resistance it originated from and full as the dignity it brings us every day September 2013 Pages: 208 The Italian Constitution represents our nation s the fundamental laws of our nation; it is a unique document, written almost seventy years ago and still poignant and meaningful today. Two associations, Libertà e Giustizia (Freedom and Justice) and the Associazione Nazionale Magistrati (The National Association of Magistrates), have worked in secondary schools, involving students and teachers in a project that explored the highest civic values. The project results are presented in this book. La Repubblica siamo noi not only collects the students thoughts on the Constitution, but also expresses their ideas, their expectations for the future, their dream of a civil society grounded in acknowledgement, work, social harmony, shared duties and equal rights. GHERARDO COLOMBO and ROBERTA DE MONTICELLI Gherardo Colombo is a former magistrate who left his career in published his Sei Stato tu? La costituzione attraverso le domande dei bambini (written with Anna Sarfatti, 2009), Educare alla legalità. Suggerimenti pratici e non per genitori e insegnanti (2011) and Il peso della libertà (2010), a reflection on The Grand Inquisitorby Fëdor Dostoevskij. Roberta de Monticelli teaches Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Geneva. An expert in phenomenological philosophy, she also has an interest in logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and aesthetics.
12 NON-FICTION STORIA CURIOSA DELLA SCIENZA LA RIVOLUZIONE DEGLI ARABI A new chapter of the most entertaining history of science you will ever read October 2013 Pages: 182 In the second volume of his Storia curiosa della scienza, scientist, actor and philosopher Flavio Oreglio deals with the Middle Ages: a period known as the dark ages in Europe, it this period was also a the time when during which the Arab world triumphantly championed the cause of knowledge, making an extraordinary contribution to the development of mathematics, chemistry and astronomy. A «cultural bridge» that has connected ancient and modern world. With his unique style, Flavio Oreglio narrates the greatest scientific revolution mankind has ever known, asking the right questions, approaching it with an unprejudiced, open mind and, every now and then, a hearty laugh. «With his irreverent style, Oreglio narrates the origins of writing, astronomy and medicine. And it doesn t sound like a small accomplishment to me!» Il Venerdì di Repubblica «The scientist-actor-philosopher embarks on an undertaking of titanic proportions: to give us small and intriguing glimpses of the universe». TTL La Stampa «The history of ancient science according to Flavio Oreglio». La Repubblica FLAVIO OREGLIO Flavio Oreglio has a degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences. A former Maths teacher with a strong interest in History and Philosophy, he is involved in theatre, music and literature. Among his published titles: Scritti giovanili, Ridendo e Sferzando, Il momento è catartico, and Siamo una massa di ignoranti. Parliamone. He is a follower of the teatro canzone and has set up a project called Musicomedians, which he himself directs: Musicomedians includes a Research Center where the traditions of cabaret and quality songwriting are studied for their historical, cultural and technical values.
13 NON-FICTION MOZART ERA UN FIGO, BACH ANCORA DI PIÙ Classical music is far «cooler» (and makes you «cooler») than pop music: it makes films absorbing and commercials memorable; it has a calming effect on the mind and on babies in the womb; it is packed full with rhythm, harmony, genius and insanity October 2013 Pages: 224 The so-called «classical» musicians are far from boring. Rather, they are fascinating personalities who deserve to be known. Who was Mozart? Who was Bach? How did they manage to compose their unforgettable melodies? Their music used to excite millions of people and it still does so today. Packed with anecdotes and stories from the lives of great musicians, the book also touches upon what music is and how it works and offers suggestions on what to listen to begin a journey of discovery in the magical realm of the art of sounds. MATTEO RAMPIN and LEONORA ARMELLINI Matteo Rampin, psychiatrist and psychotherapist has over twenty books to his credit, all published in Italy and abroad. Leonora Armellini was born in Padua (Italy) in She got her degree from the college of music, getting a magna cum laude, at the age of 12. She is unanimously recognised as the best emerging talent in Italian classical music.