In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire
By Silvana Gandolfi
Translated from the Italian by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
From the beloved, award-winning Italian children’s author Silvana Gandolfi comes a gripping, true-to-life novel of a Sicilian boy’s fight to stay alive after his family is torn apart by the Mafia.
Hardcover List Price: $17.99 • ISBN: 9781632061652 • Publication: 6/5/18 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 224 pages • Young Adult Fiction—Thriller / Mafia • Ages: 12 and up • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061669
About the Book
In a crumbling Sicilian ghost town, the six-year-old Santino makes a dramatic escape from the attack that kills his father and grandfather. The only witness to the murders, he must decide whether to cooperate with police and risk his life, or to adhere to the code of silence gripping his mafia-controlled city. Years later, the twelve-year-old Lucio takes care of his infant sister and obese, disconsolate mother in Livorno, in northern Italy. When Lucio’s bedridden mother goes missing and he receives a mysterious text message summoning him to Palermo, we see how these two beleaguered boys’ stories converge, with explosive results.
Inspired by real-life events, In the Line of Fire is a story of children’s courage in the face of wrenching adult problems. One of Italy’s most popular authors of young-adult literature gives us a sparkling, gripping English-language debut.
About the Author
Silvana Gandolfi is one of the most widely translated Italian authors in the world. Among her many awards is the Andersen Prize, Italy’s most important prize for children's literature. She lives in Rome.
About the Translator
Lynne Sharon Schwartz has published nineteen books of fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry and translation. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in many leading magazines and papers. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and has taught in writing programs in the United States and abroad. She is presently on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars.