Beatrice Masini was born in Milan, where she lives and works. A former editor at Fabbri Editori, she translated the Harry Potter series for Salani as well as a number of other modern contemporary classics. As an author, she is established in all arenas of children's writing, from picture books for younger readers to young adult novels. Her stories, which have been translated all around the world, have led to her becoming one of the most popular Italian children's writers of her generation. She won the Premio Pippi in 2004 for Signore e signorine. Corale greca, the Premio Elsa Morante Ragazzi for La spada e il cuore. Donne della Bibbia and the Premio Andersen for best author. She has worked together with other writers on a number of occasions, notably with Roberto Piumini on the classic Ciao, tu. She has always been passionate about flowers in the countryside and in 2013 she released the novel, Tentativi di botanica degli affetti, for adult readers, which was one of the finalists for the Premio Campiello. In 2014, she released the science fiction book (La fine del cerchio), followed in 2015 by a novel which evidences her love for Emily Dickinson's writing (La cena del cuore) and, in 2016, by I nomi che diamo alle cose.
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