Una partigiana di nome Tina

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Bassano del Grappa, 1944: a seventeen-year-old girl called Tina rides her bike every morning for one hour to go to school with her friend Jolanda. But on 26th of September she is forced by the fascists to watch a cruel scene that she will never forget and that will change her life forever. Thus, Tina becomes Gabriella, a dispatch rider of the local group of the Italian resistance movement, and she makes history.


“This is a work of fantasy, as proper to narrative, but it pays homage to and takes inspiration from the real story of Tina Anselmi” (1927-2016), a dispatch rider during the fight to free her country from fascism, an Italian politician, and the first woman to become a Minister of the Republic in 1976. It is the story of a girl who becomes a woman and who, in September 1944, is forced to witness the public exposure of the bodies of killed partisans. In that moment she chooses the side where she would stand: she becomes a girl who fights for freedom and who will thus be able to celebrate the end of the war with her head held high. The book retraces the history of the last years of the Second World War, without intending to be a true biography, nor a detailed reconstruction of that historical period. The new edition contains two new chapters and a new afterword. Created with the moral endorsement of ANPI (National Association of Italian Partisans), the book addresses young people with clarity and passion to show them the difficult individual and collective choice of many young people who decided to react to injustice and oppression. Also today it is essential to talk about painful and heroic events in order to keep defending fundamental principles such as democracy and freedom.

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Roveda, Anselmo

Illustrator(s): Natalini, Sandro

Publisher: Coccole e caccole

City: Belvedere marittimo

Year: 2017

Pages: 62

ISBN: 9788889532386

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Famous personality, Female characters, Positive role model, Violence

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