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A shivering story telling the first experiences of a city boy in contact with the wild nature in the new house where he has just moved.

Ten-years old Riccardo has moved from the city to the countryside. It’s not sure if he likes living in an isolated house, surrounded by greenery, with wild animals just outside his door. These are amusing things when you read them in the books, but the reality is a totally different matter. In that unwelcoming place the darkness seems even darker and the silence never shuts. Also being holed up inside the house is not a good solution because the house itself and its surroundings are animated by scary sounds and unsettling presences. Weird phenomena begin to happen. Riccardo is sure that what he hears in the garden are screams and moreover the foot-tracks on the snow appear enormous in comparison to his. All that weirdness, more and more threatening, is happening just while Christmas day is coming. No doubt, the house has certainly something wrong. A mystery that Riccardo will soon solve.

  • Beatrice Masini loves telling the inner side: what is inside our minds and hearths, inside the houses and the events.
  • By a pluriawarded author a scary story accompanied by a bit of humor.
  • The details and the light and shade effects by Lorenzo Conti put into life the illustrations.

Genre: Kids

Publishing house:

Pelledoca Editore

Year of publication: 2019

Published in: Milano

Number of pages: 80

Price: 18 €

ISBN: 978-88-3279-019-1

Foreign rights manager: Sarah Daumerie


Beatrice Masini

She was born in Milan. She has been writing since her childhood and has previously worked as a journalist for two newspapers (Il Giornale and La Voce). Afterwards she moved on to the publishing industry as a translator, editor, and author. She writes for readers of all ages, and it’s the story to decide where it’s going to lead her: to illustrated stories for little kids, novels for kids and young adults, or novels for adults.