Giulia Gubellini was born in 1989 in Bologna. In 2015, she won the Brancati prize (youth category) with her debut novel Under. She collaborated with Stef and Phere on the writing of the bestselling Timeport saga. Her last book, The Secret of Avium, was finalist for the 2021 Bancarellino Prize.
The Secret of Avium
Finalist for the 2021 Bancarellino Prize
Publisher: Magazzini Salani
Jump aboard a flying train. Taste a Fizzblizzard. Ride the winds on a Breezeskimmer. Discover your courage with a Soulscope. Learn to control the Volit bugs with your will and use them in battle.... Welcome to Avium!
You only have to look at Ollie and Rose to know they’re siblings. And anyone who knows them might add that they share a taste for adventure, a talent for getting themselves into trouble – and almost too much curiosity. No one in the Institute knows where these two orphans came from, nor who it was that abandoned them. At the bottom of the stairs there’s a door. Ollie’s got the key in his pocket. Rose is hiding in the corridor, checking that all is quiet. The key fits in the lock and turns. On a top shelf they find a wooden box, carved with the initials O and R, containing a pair of pendants. When these are joined together, a train falls out of the sky and whisks Ollie and Rose away on the biggest adventure of their life. Ploughing through the clouds, they reach an island floating in the air: a fantastic world, but one that is full of dangers: men winged like birds are out to catch them. With help from the Phoenix rebels, Ollie and Rose manage to escape the Gendarmes. But here on Avium, they are the Featherless and therefore illegal immigrants. They need to get back home, but Avium is part of their destiny: their extraordinary journey, filled with wonders and unexpected dangers, will show them why....
Brancati Prize 2015 – category Young Writers
Publisher: Rizzoli (Italy); KitapSaati Yayınları (Turkey)
Italy, 2025. When Alice wakes up in a cell with a low ceiling and narrow walls, she jumps up on the bed, with her heart pounding in her chest. Then, when the metallic voice of a speaker commands her to go in the Common Room, she realizes that she is not alone: with her there are twelve other teens, the most dangerous inmates of the country. To Alice it is soon clear that there, even if you are sixteen, you have no right to be afraid or to fall in love. But even in the most terrible prison you can find out who you are and change the rules. Together the rebellion is possible, and the massacre game can turn into revolution…
Ivan Silvestrini, author of Monolith and the popular web serie Stuck – the Chronicles of David Rea, directed the filming of the Italian web series Under The Series, inspired by the namesake book. Cast: Gianmarco Tognazzi, Chiara Iezzi, Giorgio Colangeli, Valentina Bellé, Jose Dammert.
The Mechanical Ogre
The Mechanical Ogre is the translation of L’Orco Meccanico, a cyberpunk short story set in Bologna, Italy. L’Orco Meccanico came to the attention of the Italian publishing house Rizzoli, which in 2014 published my first novel, Under. Read an excerpt
In Bologna, the future heart of railway communications on the Eurasian continent, a city continually changing, submerged in toxic fumes and light pollution, Amanda becomes involved in a series of brutal murders. Thanks to her gift for navigating the net, she is called upon by iRobots to solve the case. But why would the largest robot company in the world be interested in catching a murderer?
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