Search Results: "Donna Jo Napoli"


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LIGHTS ON THE NILE by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Nevertheless, the story offers rich fare for those precocious younger readers who can't get enough; with luck they will accommodate any confusion and may move onto some of Napoli's more polished works, a little later on. (Historical fantasy. 8-11)"
Kepi's name means "tempest," and it suits, in this tale that purports to reveal the origins of fairies. Read full book review >

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GRACIE by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

In her second sequel to Prince of the Pond (1992), Napoli remixes themes and characters from the first sequel, Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace (1995). Read full book review >

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BREATH by Donna Jo Napoli
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Move over, Browning. (Fiction. 12+)"
This fascinating Pied Piper bypasses the villain rehabilitation or feminist perspective common to most modern retellings; instead, it solidly grounds the tale in the 13th-century town of Hameln. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN by Donna Jo Napoli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Readers who enjoy the journey more than the destination will find much to appreciate in this rambling saga that is an inspired blend of ancient facts and myth. (glossary, postscript, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The origin story of the first Norse female pirate is imagined in this leisurely paced companion to Hush: An Irish Princess Tale (2007).Read full book review >

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THE SMILE by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Through this deeply personal story, Napoli paints a magnificent and mournful portrait of the Italian Renaissance, both tragic and triumphant. (Historical fiction. YA)"
The lushly detailed life of a girl who grows up to pose for the Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF MULBERRY STREET by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"History come to vibrant life for middle-grade readers and almost anyone whose ancestors came from foreign lands. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
This powerfully vivid story has the immediacy of Napoli's always-immaculate prose, coupled with a basis in family lore and urban history that make it irresistible. Read full book review >

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NORTH by Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"It's an unlikely journey, but Napoli makes it a fascinating one, organically incorporating a wealth of detail about the Arctic and its human and non-human inhabitants. (Fiction. 9+)"
Driven by a yearning he can't articulate but knows is essential to his very being, Alvin, a soft and unsophisticated 12-year-old African-American boy living in Washington, D.C., runs away from his caring but smothering mother and physically declining great grandmother. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT GOD PAN by Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"As the tale moves on to Iphigenia's sacrifice at Aulis, the tension ratchets up almost unbearably, and Pan's newly gained understanding provides an elegant and tragic solution. (Fiction. YA)"
When readers first meet Pan, the nature god, he is perfectly happy with his half-god, half-goat nature, enjoying bodily pleasures but unhampered by the complications of love. Read full book review >

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CHANGING TUNES by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Although the structure of the novel, shifting between piano practice and the rest of Eileen's life, seems a bit inelegant and contrived, Napoli succeeds in creating a reassuringly bewildered character in Eileen. (Fiction. 10- 12)"
A ten-year-old girl confronts the reality of her parents' divorce in this bittersweet novel from Napoli (For the Love of Venice, p. 584, etc.). Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE MAGDALENE by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Napoli develops her themes and characters. (Fiction. 12+)"
Napoli (Zel, p. 691, etc.) turns from folklore to the Bible for inspiration, and crafts a brutal, challenging tale. Read full book review >

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ALLIGATOR BAYOU by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: March 10, 2009

"Napoli brings social issues into sharp focus but balances them with details about Calo's everyday life, creating an engaging story with many avenues to deep reflection on our country's treatment, past and present, of its immigrants. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A haunting story based on a tragic historical event—the lynching of a group of Italian men in Tallulah, La., in 1899. Read full book review >

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FIRE IN THE HILLS by Donna Jo Napoli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A good match with Barbara Harrison's Theo (1999). (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A powerful sequel to the superb Stones in Water (1997), this continues the story of Roberto, trying to get back home to Venice after wretched experiences at the hands of the Nazis. Read full book review >