The June Rebels

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“The fascinations of hiding doesn't amount to much compared to the mystery of courage, especially courage on behalf of others” Shlomo Breznitz, Memory Fields

Bordeaux, June 1940. Between running across rooftops and making deals doing favours, rebellious teenager Marian befriends the Portuguese consul Aristides Sousa Mendes. One day, Marian meets Arielle, a Jewish girl who needs to get to the Portuguese consulate to apply for a visa to leave France. Nothing will ever be the same again, with Marian risking his life to do the right thing.

  • An adventure, action novel based on a true story of Aristides Sousa Mendes, Righteous Among the Nations, who saved the lives of 30,000 people.

  • Finalist for Gigante delle Langhe Children’s Prize 2020.


GENRE Coming of Age
FIRST PUBLISHER Giunti (Italy), 2019


Christian is an author, journalist, translator and videogame creator. He lives in the Valassina mountains with his family, five cats, a dog and the characters of his novels. In 2016, he published The Berlin Offside which was a finalist for the Bancarellino Children's Prize and won Il Gigante della Langhe in 2017. In 2018, the rights of the same book were optioned for a TV series.