Young Adult

Storia di Milo, il gatto che andò al Polo Sud

(The Story of Milo, the Cat Who Went to the South Pole)

Ugo Guanda Editore, September 2021, pp.128

How do a disabled little cat, a young woman and a penguin manage to reach the South Pole by themselves? A fairy tale for all ages about friendship, courage and freedom.

Three years have passed since their lucky meeting and Milo and his mum have relocated to a little house by the sea. Although he’s never completely learnt to jump or walk straight, the increasingly self-confident little cat dares to take long walks to the beach, where one day he meets an emperor penguin chick, snatched away from the South Pole by unscrupulous smugglers. Feeling sorry for him, Milo decides to help. So he persuades his mum to embark on a long journey to save his new friend. From Rome to Buenos Aires, then down to Tierra del Fuego and finally Antarctica, Milo and the young woman discover a world that’s increasingly threatened by humans. A journey to the edge of our fears, during which Milo meets animals who are fierce only in appearance – among them a killer whale, a condor and a jaguar – who have a story to tell and much need of friendship. Our big-hearted little cat does not shy away and discovers that, if we truly believe it, nothing is impossible.                                                                                                                

Ugo Guanda Editore, September 2021, pp.128

  • “In a limpid, innocent style, these pages speak to young and old, and let’s remember that we are all a part of Everything.”

    Giulia Calligaro, Io Donna

Rights Sold

Thailand: Alibooks.


option publishers: Korea: Hanulim Kids.

Costanza Rizzacasa d'Orsogna

Costanza Rizzacasa D’Orsogna, a journalist and essayist, graduated in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York. She writes for the Corriere della Sera. With Guanda, she published her first novel Non superare le dosi consigliate (Do not Exceed Recommended Intake)  in 2020. Storia di Milo, il gatto che non sapeva saltare (Milo’s Story: The Cat Who Couldn’t Jump, 2018), her first book starring the disabled little cat, was also published by Guanda in 2018. Foreign rights have been sold to Thailand (Reading Italy Part.) and South Korea (Hanulim Kids Co.).

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