Red Stars

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Whatever happens, stay together.

“Whatever happens, stay together,” their parents tell them. But Nadia is assigned to train number 76, while Viktor must leave on train number 77.

  • An epic adventure of separated twins trying to find each other, set in an accurate historical reconstruction of the Leningrad blockade.

  • The dramatic storytelling creates a sense of immediacy that brings the narrative alive. The emotions jump out at the reader from the pages of the protagonists’ diary.

  • Winner of the In Other Words BookTrust's Book in Translation Award in London.

GENRE Adventure
FIRST PUBLISHER Mondadori (Italy), 2017
FOREIGN RIGHTS SOLD Germany (Thienemann), France (L’École Des Loisirs), UK (Pushkin), USA (Penguin Random House), Russia (Peshkombooks), Netherlands and Belgium (Baeckens Books), Galicia (Rinoceronte Ediciones), Denmark (Jensen&Dalgaard)


Davide is not only a sci-fi and children’s author, but also a journalist and videogame translator. In 2018, Red Stars, one of his internationally successful books, won In Other Words – BookTrust’s Book in Translation Award in London. In 2017, he won the Italian Andersen Award with The Pocket Watch Gang, the adventure he dreams of having lived as a child. Then, in 2018, he was a finalist at Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany. In 2019, he won the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine in France and the Vlag and Wimpel in the Netherlands.