Gert and the Sacred Stones

This timely tale of an endless war between humans and nature follows young orphan Gert, whose land is shrouded in a thick fog hiding ferocious, fantastical animals that besiege her village. Gert sets out to make sure no one else suffers what she has as a result of the war, but to do this she’ll have to do what is forbidden of young women like her: become a warrior. Unfazed, Gert sneaks into the initiation test, beginning an adventure that will prove to be about much more than revenge. Gert’s journey will teach her to accept hard truths, rethink the glorification of war and violence, and prove if she can be the unlikely hero to reimagine her people’s future. (Source)

Authors: Marco Rocchi, Francesca Carita, & Jaime Richards

Francesca Carità, born in Asti in 1993, lives in Florence. She is a cartoonist and illustrator. She made her debut, in the Tipitondi series, with The Two Halves of the Moon, written by Marco Rocchi.

Jamie Richards is a translator, primarily from the Italian, based in Milan, Italy. Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, California, she earned her BA in English from Scripps College, studied Italian at Temple University, Rome, and went on to complete an MFA in literary translation at the University of Iowa and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon. Over the years, she taught numerous courses in comparative literature, translation, and Italian language and culture, and has presented papers at several academic conferences. 

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