When the Germans raid the movie theater, Roberto and Samuele's lives are greatly changed as they are sent to off to a work camp, yet having one another gives them great comfort until Samuele reveals a secret to Roberto that could get them both killed. Reprint.
When Roberto sneaks off to see a movie in his Italian village, he has no idea that life as he knows it is over. German soldiers raid the theater, round up the boys in the audience, and pack them onto a train. After a terrifying journey, Roberto and his best friend Samuele find themselves in a brutal work camp, where food is scarce and horror is everywhere. The boys vow to stay together no matter what. But Samuele has a dangerous secret, which, if discovered, could get them both killed. Lovers of historical fiction will be captivated by this tragic, triumphant, and deeply moving novel.