Simply Heroes



Ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

True stories of men and women who have become heroes of our time.

  • You can be a hero in everyday life, following your principles with honesty and courage.


Franco Basaglia, the King of Fools

Davide Morosinotto

Lisa's mom is crazy, so she and Lisa can't be together. When she wants to meet her, Lisa has to go to the great asylum on the hill. The asylum is more than a prison for Lisa: it's a nightmare come true. Fortunately, a new director is about to arrive at the asylum in Trieste. Franco Basaglia. The lives of Lisa and her family will change forever. But the new director will do much more: he'll change the whole city. The whole of Italy. And how people relate to that strange, mysterious and often frightening thing we call "madness".


Khalifa, a Medal Immigrant

Daniele Nicastro

Sobuj lives as best he can, in Rome, on the banks of the Tiber, as an invisible among the invisible. Until he sees a woman's body floating in the river. Some scream, some call for help, some turn away. He's the only one with the courage to jump into the water. He doesn't know that that leap will change his life.


Chico Mendes, Defender of the Amazon

Davide Morosinotto

The story of a great champion of the Amazon, a man who decided to save the forest and the peoples who live there, an activist on the front line against the greed of criminals willing to burn the planet in order to make profits. A hero ready for anything. Even sacrificing his own life.


Peppino Impastato, A Free Voice

Davide Morosinotto

Peppino Impastato was born in 1948, in Sicily, into a mafia family. But Peppino isn't into it. He decides to rebel. In an age where speaking means dying, Peppino opens a free radio and uses it to report the crimes he witnesses every day. At a time when the mafia is founded on terror, Peppino dares to make fun of the powerful, jokes about it, ridicules them. He'll pay for it with his life. But his sacrifice will give others the courage to rebel.


Roberto Mancini in the Ground of the Fires

Igor De Amicis & Paola Luciani

Jacopo, Gennaro and Luigino are three friends with a great desire for adventure, who don't hesitate to throw themselves headlong into exploring an old quarry in search of a legendary monster. But the boys will find no fire-breathing dragon, or cruel giant, but thousands of blue metal stems, from which a poisonous liquid comes out. What's going on? Who are those men unloading trucks and garbage trucks? The boys have many questions that nobody wants to answer, nobody except Roberto Mancini. A policeman with a stern and determined gaze, a tenacious man who's willing to put everything on the line to discover the truth. To discover the "Land of Fires".


Igor Trocchia, A Kick to Racism

Igor De Amicis & Paola Luciani

Igor is a passionate and determined football manager. Eugenio, Davide and Afif are three close friends who play for Real Spinazzola. They are ready to fight in the Calassi tournament, but one of the opponents insults Afif for the colour of his skin. Igor realizes that the time has come to try to change things. Because "No cup and no tournament are worth a child's dignity." So he decides to withdraw the team from the tournament and with that gesture to affirm that it's more important to become people than champions.


GENRE Biography
FIRST PUBLISHER Edizioni El (Italy), 2017


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.



Daniele lives in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, where he writes everything from novels to cards and messages in bottles. He began telling stories as a boy, whenever he came home late. His debut novel Grande won the Legenda Junior Prize and was shortlisted for the Bancarellino Prize 2018.




Igor is a Chief Commissioner of the Penitentiary Police, while Paola is a support teacher in primary schools. They are a couple both in life and in writing. Screenwriters of animated cartoons, their books have been published in several countries.