Search Results: "Donna Jo Napoli"


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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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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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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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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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DARK SHIMMER by Donna Jo Napoli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A new and interesting romp over a well-worn path through the forest of fairy tale. (author's note, bibliography) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Everyone knows that stepmothers are evil, but rarely do we stop to wonder why. Read full book review >

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HUSH by Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"From the texture of embroidery to the odor of sheep dung, her language is vivid, precise, cinematic. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Napoli takes the bare bones of a legend—Icelandic, tenth century this time—and clothes it in fire, flesh and blood. Read full book review >

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BOUND by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Deliberate and satisfying. (Fiction. YA)"
A strong, finely crafted version of Cinderella based mostly on old Chinese tales but with a sprinkling of details from Grimm. Read full book review >

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THREE DAYS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Still, if readers are sufficiently grabbed by Jackie's ingenuous voice and her remarkable predicament, they may be willing to forgive the contrivance for the experience. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Jackie is enjoying mightily her father-daughter trip to Italy—until her father suffers a heart attack while driving back to their hotel one evening. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC CIRCLE by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: June 1, 1993

"Splendid jacket by the Dillons. (Fiction. 11+)"
The author of The Prince in the Pond (1992) leaps from that comic take on "The Frog Prince" to a dark, deeply thoughtful novel whose gifted, driven, and wholly sympathetic protagonist is Hansel and Gretel's witch. Read full book review >