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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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 >

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DAUGHTER OF VENICE by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"While readers will be rightly skeptical at Donata's speedy mastery of not only written Venetian but Latin as well, they will nevertheless find themselves absorbed in her story and the snapshot of her city that it provides. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Compelling historical fiction explores the Byzantine rules governing the social order of 16th-century Venice. Read full book review >

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CRAZY JACK by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Her locale is one where magic works, but not too well, and where dark and psychologically truthful lives give meaning to the events of a childhood tale. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Napoli (with Richard Tchen, Spinners, p. 887, etc.) continues to retell familiar tales in this gripping novel about Jack and the events surrounding the beanstalk. Read full book review >

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ZEL by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"This rich, complex reading may require an adult's sensibility and level of experience to absorb fully, but it powerfully renders the tale's inherent terror and tragedy. (Folklore. 12+)"
A passionate, painful elaboration of the story of Rapunzel, from the author who did the same for Hansel and Gretel in The Magic Circle (1993). 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 >