"Fabio Geda is an Italian novelist who works with children under duress. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers and teaches creative writing at Scuola Holden, the Italian school of storytelling in Turin. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles is his first book to be translated into English." (Publisher website)
Read an interview
with the author and Enaiatollah Akbari, the subject of the book
on the BookBrowse website
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(look for an arrow on the right to advance pages)
"What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often publishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old.
Here Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages." (from the publisher's website)
A Reading Guide from World Book Day includes some discussion questions
Click on the image above to see the route of Akbari's journey. You can zoom in and out, and see images of the places he traveled through. (Story map by Keighan Chapman, Geography Pedagogy Instructor)