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Don't Tell Me You're Afraid - A Novel

Giuseppe Catozzella

Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her "professional coach." Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia's running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah. For the next several years, Samia and Ali train at night in a deserted stadium as war rages and political tensions continue to escalate. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes running in the dust of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown brings the Olympic stadium to its feet. Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future. Don't Tell Me You're Afraid is the unforgettable story of a courageous young woman, and it is also a remarkable window onto a global crisis. Written by Giuseppe Catozzella and translated by Anne Milano Appel.

Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her "professional coach." Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia's running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah. For the next several years, Samia and Ali train at night in a deserted stadium as war rages and political tensions continue to escalate. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes running in the dust of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown brings the Olympic stadium to its feet. Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future. Don't Tell Me You're Afraid is the unforgettable story of a courageous young woman, and it is also a remarkable window onto a global crisis. Written by Giuseppe Catozzella and translated by Anne Milano Appel.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her "professional coach." Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia's running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah. For the next several years, Samia and Ali train at night in a deserted stadium as war rages and political tensions continue to escalate. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes running in the dust of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown brings the Olympic stadium to its feet. Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future. Don't Tell Me You're Afraid is the unforgettable story of a courageous young woman, and it is also a remarkable window onto a global crisis. Written by Giuseppe Catozzella and translated by Anne Milano Appel.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adjoa Andoh

Length:

7h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

01:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:39