GABRIELE CLIMA

KEEP WALKING

Italian publisher: Feltrinelli
Syria. 2016. Salìm, thirteen years old, fleeing Aleppo with his father and a group of other refugees, and Fatma, thirteen as Salìm, sent as a suicide bomber by her father and brother, SI militants toward a military camp on the Turkish border. Fatma and Salìm, two characters with two parallel stories, two sides of the same war, both destined to a path that they did not choose…

 
THE TREE OF STORIES

Italian publisher: Piemme
Sef begins tells stories, ancient stories of men and animals, which have in them an extraordinary power. And while Sef narrates, the river slows its course, the moon grows up over the courtyard and something happens in the mind of the listener. Because there is always, in every one, something that a story is able to change. Even the fate of those who have embarked on the wrong way.…

 

Gabriele Clima

He was born in 1967. He lives and works in Milan writing and illustrating books for children and teenagers. He has written many books, including picture books, toy books, fiction and novels addressing to different age groups from young children to teenagers.


He believes that writing and particularly children’s fiction is the most effective way today to talk to the younger generations of true and important things, to explore and talk about their world and their contemporaneity. For this reason he often gives voice to those who usually have none or who are unable to make themselves listen, writing stories about adoption (Look at the stars by Fatatrac), discrimination (The History of Vera, by San Paolo), diversity (Mumi without Memory, by Il gioco di leggere), marginalization (Roby Who Knows How to Fly, by Coccolebooks), integration (The Tree of Stories, by Piemme), disability (The Sun Between Our Fingers, by San Paolo) and war (Keep Walking, by Feltrinelli).


Sometimes he writes about easier things, stories that move a smile like My Teacher Is A Vampire (by Mondadori) or funny short novels like No more Farting (by Giunti), and poems and nursery rhymes link Sings the Yellow in the Morning (by La Coccinella) and Listen What A School (By Mondadori).

For the publisher La Coccinella he designs books for pre-school children. He likes playing with paper and board, creating holes, flaps and sliders that transform the images and characters of his stories (A Dark Blue Night, When Evening Comes, When I Get Angry, all published by La Coccinella). His series titled With Your Little Finger is currently one of the best selling series by La Coccinella.


He is a member of the Italian Children Writers Association ICWA.


His book The sun between our fingers won the Andersen Prize 2017 as the best young adult book. This book has been also included in the International IBBY Selection of outstanding books for young people with disabilities

THE STORY OF VERA

Italian publisher: San Paolo
Germany, 1945. The little Vera is imprisoned with her mother, sister and many other people in a German prison camp during World War II. Vera knows why she's there: some say that they are different from all the others, and this is why they have been locked up where they are now. But what does it mean “to be different from the others”? Each one is different from every other, like trees, flowers, snowflakes are. A modern fairy tale that shows the absurdity of discrimination…

 

MY TEACHER

IS A VAMPIRE

Italian publisher: Mondadori
Is Amaranta really a vampire? Greta seems certain, indeed, very certain. And so a deep, passionate study begins hunting for evidence, with relatives, parents, friends, the library of her neighborhood, and even internet. A cheerful and bubbly history to show how appearances can be deceiving…

 
CLARA’S NATIVITY

Rights free
Christmas is coming and Clara is preparing to make her Nativity. The neighborhood store is full of beautiful and precious statues, of huts, of oxen and donkeys and glittering comets. These are beautiful things, but Clara is not sure that the real beauty is that expensive and shiny one. Perhaps there is another way to make a Nativity, a truer, more authentic, more simple

 
THE SUN BETWEEN OUR FINGERS
Italian publisher: San Paolo
Dario is sixteen. He is a very difficult person to deal with, his teachers know something about it. He lives with his mother with whom he communicates little or nothing. After all it is her fault, Dario thinks, if his father abandoned the family when he was just a child. At school, after yet another confrontation, the dean decides to give him an exemplary punishment, and assigns him to the service of assistance to disabled students

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