By the way, I know I’m posting less and less, but it’s because I am writing books like your favorite kind of madwoman. Below is a picture of me doing some other worthy activities. I love you all, guys <3
“Wide beyond her years. Excellent job. Side-splitting laughter.” —Angie Readaholic
“Electrifying!” —5 girls book reviews
“Leda has captured my heart! This was a wonderfully fun, well-drawn read.”—D. Munier, Author of “Deep in the Heart of Me”
“A fresh take on realistic fiction for youth. Sociologically relevant.” —J. Hall, Professor of Education
“Insightful and funny, I loved it!” —Paul Schwartzmeyer, author of the Traitor Patriot series
“Touching and skillful, a masterful execution.” —Neil Daniel, author of the Obeahman’s Dagger
“I could not stop reading and can’t wait for more!"— Amy Joslyn, librarian and children’s literacy advocate
“I have never been to Italy but the writing transported me there and moved the story along at the perfect pace. Laced with humor.” —G. Whyte, Author of “Nostalgia from: A City Set Upon a Hill: Memories of Boarding School”
“A wonderful read full of hope! This is a delightful 5-star novel that moves far beyond the play of childhood. Hard questions are posed as the plot unveils the possibilities.” CB Ainsworthe, Author of “Front Row Center”
“Well written, fun, real!” S. Byrde, Author of “Bruce’s Fall”
Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a ten-year-old tomboy and a bookworm. Hanging out with the guys has never been a problem, until shady Nico shows up…
Nico moved north from Sicily and is angry and aggressive, unsettling and unsettled. When the two are forced to sit together at school, fearless Leda won’t let the bully get his way, which sparks in Nico an unexpected gratitude…
The unusual friendship between the two develops in moving ways as they face basement monsters, divorcing parents, school drama, and even a porn magazine, which leaves more questions than answers…not to mention an unhealthy dose of guilt.
Pre-teens and adults alike will laugh and cry while learning about 80s Italy in this coming of age novel infused with humor, friendship, religion, and superstition against the gorgeous backdrop of the serene countryside, the Alps, and the enchanting Island of Sardinia.
Based on the life of the author, professor of Biology, cancer researcher, and novelist GB Amman, this fictionalized series is recommended for fans of emotional, addictive reads with something to teach.
The book is the first in “The Italian Saga” (all four books available, MG/YA) followed by “The Sonder Series” (Women’s Lit, released 2018) following Leda’s adventures as an adult. These books empower girls and women to be their brave true selves.