The Pocket Watch Gang

A daring adventure can change your life forever.

Four friends, who couldn’t be more different, have two things in common: three dollars and a burning desire to see the world.

  • “A tale of adventure, travel and escape.”

  • “A coming-of-age story that rattles through a highly entertaining series of misunderstandings and mysteries which are cleverly unravelled in a talented piece of storytelling.”

  • Winner of the Italian Andersen prize 2017.

GENRE Adventure
FIRST PUBLISHER Mondadori (Italy), 2016
FOREIGN RIGHTS SOLD Germany (Thienemann), Spain (Planeta), France (L’École Des Loisirs), Denmark (Jensen&Dalgaard), Poland (Dwie Siostry), Russia (Samokat), Netherlands and Belgium (Baeckens Books), Czech Republic (Dobrovsky), Galicia (Rinoceronte Ediciones), Japan (Iwasaki Shoten), Catalonia (Viena Edicions)


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.