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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

About the Book

Author: Fabio Geda

Age Range: 11-14 Years 14-16 Years

Publisher: Tamarind Books

Price: £7.99

Review

One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah’s mother tells him three things: don’t use drugs or weapons, don’t cheat, don’t steal. The next day he wakes up to find she isn’t there.

Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone at the border of Pakistan to fend for himself.

In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah’s remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged 15.

A series of almost implausible strokes of fortune enabled him to get to Turin, find help from an Italian family and meet Fabio Geda, with whom he became friends.

The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah’s engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda’s subtly simple storytelling.

In Geda’s hands, Enaiatollah’s journey becomes a universal story of stoicism in the face of fear.

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