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No soy un libro

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Children and young people's literature



Original title

No soy un libro

This is a science-fiction story that testifies to the diverse literary talent of the member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, José María Merino.

Aimed at a young reading public, though popular with readers of all ages, its real title is Los trenes del verano (“The Summer Trains”) which becomes No soy un libro (“I am not a book”) as a result of an internal plot twist.

The book tells the story of a train trip around Europe by three friends in their summer holidays. On the first leg of the trip from Madrid to Paris, a strange event serves as a gateway to the adventure. Fantastical worlds and parallel universes meet and give rise to a sort of ‘stellar shipwreck’ in which the main characters have to confront their (only apparent) awful bad luck with all the ingenuity and courage at their command.


National Children’s and Young People’s Literature Award


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