Middle Grade Novels and Storybooks

by Donna Jo Napoli

(ANGELWINGS series is at the end.)

SOCCER SHOCK (first in the trilogy with SHARK SHOCK and SHELLEY SHOCK) (available on Kindle 2012)

1991 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-44827-6) (pb 1993 Puffin)

  • Hall of Fame Sports Books for Kids 1996, Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • nominated Nutmeg Book Award
  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in Chinese (1999 Academy Press- Xue Yuan ISBN 7-5077-0858-6)

reviews

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ... fantastic twist... lighthearted ... genuine characters ...[The characters] are heroic in smaller, more personal ways--sticking to their goals and accomplishing them.

 

THE PRINCE OF THE POND, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DE FAWG PIN (first in the trilogy with JIMMY, THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE and GRACIE, THE PIXIE OF THE PUDDLE)

1992 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-44976-0) (pb 1994 Puffin)

  • New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award 1997
  • one of the funniest children's books for the '90's SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • sleeper by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • nominated for Kansas State Reading Circle
  • 100 Best Children's Books 1992 of New York Public Library
  • Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Child Study CBC
  • starred review KIRKUS
  • starred review BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • nominated Nutmeg Children’s Book Award
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Program
  • nominated Colorado Children's Book Award
  • book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • 1995 Jostens Learning biology lesson based on the chapter "Tadpoles"
  • performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA
  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in German (1995 Sauerländer DER PRINZ Vom TEICH ISBN 3-7941-3833-3; pb Sansibar ISBN 3-293-21022-8)
  • published in Dutch (1997 Averbode DE KIKKERPRINS ISBN 90-317-1199-3)
  • published in Chinese (1999 East & West Book Co. Ltd. ISBN 957-0339-01-2)
  • published as CD and cassette in Swiss German Dialect (Tudor Recording AG, Zurich DE PRINZ VOM TEICH CD: ISBN 3-03776-215-2; cassette: ISBN 3-03776-216-0)
  • performed as play at Media Theater, Media, PA, in October, 2004
  • a read aloud plan is found in CHILDREN'S BOOK CORNER: A READ-ALOUD RESOURCE WITH TIPS, TECHNIQUES, AND PLANS FOR TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND PARENTS, Grades 5-6

reviews reviews

From KIRKUS:...charmingly whimsical....an astonishing amount of in-depth natural history cleverly enmeshed in its endearing, screwball charm


WHEN THE WATER CLOSES OVER MY HEAD (first in the series with ON GUARD)

(originally 1994 Dutton (0-525-45083-1) with pb 1996 Puffin)
reissued and available in pb 2002 Scholastic (0043936800)

  • Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Child Study CBC
  • starred review KIRKUS
  • boxed review BOOKLIST
  • book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in Chinese (1999Academy Press-Xue Yuan ISBN 7-5077-0814-4)

reviews

From KIRKUS:...a genial famly story that, in its succinct handling of real issues, recalls Betsy Byars...

 

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: ...deftly delivers a worthwhile message to youngsters having trouble overcoming a fear


SHARK SHOCK (second in the trilogy with SOCCER SHOCK and SHELLEY SHOCK)

1994 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-45267-2) (pb 1997 Puffin) (available on Kindle 2012)

  • Children’s Books 1994, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Keystone State Reading Association's Young Adult Book Award Nominee
  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in Chinese (1999 Academy Press-Xue Yuan ISBN 7-5077-0878-0)

reviews

From BOOKLIST: ... A lighthearted but realistic look at the fears contemporary children encounter as they grow up...

 

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...will appeal to children who have an appreciation for the absurd, particularly when it occurs in a warm, supportive environment...


THE BRAVEST THING

(originally 1995 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-45397-0) with pb 1997 Puffin)
reissued and now available in pb 2001 Scholastic (0043936798)

  • Renaissance Learning recommended list
  • Published in German (1997 Beltz&Gelberg DAS HASENWUNDER ISBN 3-407-79793-1)
  • published in Chinese (1999 Academy Press-Xue Yuan ISBN 7-5077-0839-X)

reviews

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: ...Characters and situations are drawn so carefully and roundly that Laurel's extraordinary determination seems realistic...

 

JIMMY, THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE (second in the trilogy with THE PRINCE OF THE POND and GRACIE, THE PIXIE OF THE PUDDLE)

1995 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-45357-1) (pb 1997 Puffin)

  • Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Child Study CBC
  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • Junior Library Guild
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List, Vermont
  • book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • performed as play at Media Theater, Media, PA, in October, 2005

reviews

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...As engaging and unpredictable as its predecessor... balances the comic possibilities of Jimmy's struggles with his human form with his deeper feelings of loyalty, courage, and honor...

 

From KIRKUS: ...enchanting story... it [blends] gentle, offbeat humor... with enough action and suspense to satisfy old fans and win new friends...


ON GUARD (second in the series with WHEN THE WATER CLOSES OVER MY HEAD)

1997 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-45759-3) (pb 1999 Puffin) (available on Kindle 2012)

  • Book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • available in braille and in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in Chinese (1999 Academy Press-Xue Yuan ISBN 7-5077-0815-2)

reviews

From BULLELTIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS: ...deftly drawn, evincing wisdom about the perplexities and pitfalls involved in youthful alliances... lure of an offbeat and glamorous sport...

 

 

 


TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS

1998 Scholastic (ISBN 0-590-13447-7) (available on Kindle 2012)

  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Published in Dutch (1999 Averbode OP HET SPOOR VAN DE KAKETOE ISBN 90-317-1426-7)

reviews

From BOOKLIST: ...high-spirited contemporary adventure..

 

From BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS: ...the sibling dialogue is authentic and the characterization...credible...

 

CHANGING TUNES

1998 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-45861-1) (pb 2000 Puffin) (Kindle 2012)

  • Book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table
  • Highlights, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Renaissance Learning recommended list
  • available in braille through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • published in German (2004 Carl Hanser Verlag ALS PAPA DAS KLAVIER mitnahm
    ISBN 3-423-62165-6)

reviews

From KIRKUS: ...bittersweet ... a reassuringly bewildered character...

 

SHELLEY SHOCK (third in the trilogy with SOCCER SHOCK and SHARK SHOCK)

2000 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-46452-2) (pb 2002 Puffin)

reviews

From BOOKLIST: ...humor ...interesting characters...believable portrayal of the complexities of sixth-grade life...


THREE DAYS


2001 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-46790-4) (pb 2003 Puffin)

  • Junior Library Guild
  • Bank Street Best Books Master List
  • Oregon Battle of the Books list for 2013
  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Books
  • nominated Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award
  • nominated South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
  • nominated Kansas William Allen White Award
  • nominated Pennsylvania Young Readers Award
  • nominated Iowa Children's Choice Award
  • Miami Herald Best Children's Book list
  • audiocassette with Recorded Books (ISBN 1-4025-0939-1)
  • published in German (2005 Carlsen NUR 3 TAGE ISBN 3-551-58125-8)

reviews reviews For an answer to the question, "Where did the idea for this story come from?", click here.

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...nightmarish scenes...a suspenseful reading experience...

 

From THE HORN BOOK: ...Taut and suspenseful...the present-tense narration gives it a you-are-there immediacy...

 

GRACIE, THE PIXIE OF THE PUDDLE (third in the trilogy with THE PRINCE OF THE POND and JIMMY, THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE)


2004 Dutton (ISBN 0-525-47264-9)

 

reviews

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...lighthearted fantasy ... a quick read that juxtaposes biological facts about frogs with conventions of fairy tales...

From BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS: ...froggily eloquent voice... Readaloud-friendly chapters and accessible humor make this a solid classroom addition...

 

 

SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE PET MYSTERIES (first in the SLY THE SLEUTH series)

coauthored


2005 Dial Books for Young Readers (ISBN 0-8037-2993-6) (pb Scholastic Book Club 2007)

  • Junior Library Guild
  • Best of the Year list, Bank Street College
  • Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award list
  • to be published in Korean (Sod Communications Co., Ltd., Seoul)

 

reviews

From KIRKUS: ...[The sleuth] uses an uncontrived combination of sharp observation, careful reasoning, and the occasional flash of insight ...engaging series opener...

 

 

From BOOKLIST: ...Sly's first-person account makes her friendship and bickering with the kids, grownups, and pets on the street as much fun as the mysteries...

 

UGLY


2006 Hyperion Books for Young Readers (ISBN 0-7868-3753-5) (pb 2008)

  • Junior Library Guild
  • Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Master List
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book
  • starred review KIRKUS

To hear the first chapter read by the author, click here.

reviews mentioned in a review discussion child review

From CAPITOL CHOICES: ...this excellent read-aloud introduces young readers to an exotic habitat.

From KIRKUS: ...fabulous coming-of-age story... beautiful lessons about finding oneself, about fitting in (or not), about the implacability of nature and weather and the importance of maternal advice.

From HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE, a child review: ...you'll want to read it again and again... It sounds like music when it's being read to you.

 

SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE SPORTS MYSTERIES (second in the SLY THE SLEUTH series)

coauthored


2006 Dial Books for Young Readers (ISBN 0-8037-2994-4)

  • Best of the Year list, Bank Street College
  • to be published in Korean (Sod Communications Co., Ltd., Seoul)

 

 

reviews

From KIRKUS: ...a pleasant read and some clues to the mysteries of friendship.

 

SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE FOOD MYSTERIES (third in the SLY THE SLEUTH series)

coauthored


2007 Dial Books for Young Readers (ISBN 978-0-8037-3119-6)

 

reviews

From BOOKLIST: ...Sly solves the neighborhood kids' mysteries in these linked, upbeat stories that, like the other titles, are written in short sentences with basic vocabulary targeted toward newly confident readers...

 

MOGO, THE THIRD WARTHOG


2008 Hyperion Books for Young Readers (ISBN-10: 1-4231-0816-7) (pb 2011)

  • Junior Library Guild
  • New York Public Library's 2008 list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Keystone State Reading Association Book Award List for Intermediate Level
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List, Vermont
  • Tennessee Association of School Librarians list of outstanding books
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award List, Florida

 

reviews For a trailer made by M. Harclerode, a librarian in Lee County, FL, click here.

From KIRKUS: .....the joys and very real dangers of life on the savanna...

 

 

From BOOKLIST:...well-told, life-or-death adventure tale...children who love animals, even those as aparently unlovable as the warthog, will be in their element here.

 

SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE CODE MYSTERIES (fourth in the SLY THE SLEUTH series)

coauthored


2009 Dial Books for Young Readers (ISBN 0-8037-3345-9)

 

reviews

From SACRAMENTO BOOK REVIEW: ...will hold the attention of young chapter book readers in the mood to decipher some unusual codes.

 

 

LIGHTS ON THE NILE


2011 Harper Collins (ISBN 9780061667930) (ebook with Scholastic Book Clubs 2013)

 

  • Junior Library Guild

 

reviews reviews reviews reviews

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: ...mystical coming-of-age tale...saturated with proverbs, details of everyday life at the time... absorbing adventure.

From KIRKUS: ...full of detail of setting and culture that should enthrall young fans of historical fiction.

From VOYA: ... a great companion for ancient Egyptian studies and a great read for historical fiction fans, ancient Egyptian mythology buffs, and those searching for strong female protagonists.

From BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS:...a veritable field trip through ancient Egypt

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: Readers' hearts will be in their mouths as Kepi survives a sandstorm, reaches the capital, is forced into servitude, and confronts the Pharoah himself.

     

 

TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY, CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES, HEROES & MONSTERS


2011 National Geographic (ISBN 978-1-4263-0844-4)

  • ALA Notable Book
  • Eureka! Silver Honor Book of the California Reading Association
  • Best Books of 2011 list by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award list
  • Garden State Teen Book Awards list
  • starred review KIRKUS
  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
  • audio version with Recorded Books (ASIN B00AEIBCC8, 978-1-4640-4151-8)
  • published in Korean (Chosun Education, Seoul; ISBN 9788966660582/599/605)
  • published in Bulgarian

reviews reviews

excerpt read by author

From KIRKUS: ...capturing the nature of each god or mortal with vivid turns of phrase...superb versions for reading alone or for sharing with audiences large or small.

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:...wise, witty, and thoroughly entrancing...lyrically written... A must-have for most collections.

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: ... telling each tale with grace, clarity, and emotion... vivid retellings... sidebars contextualize the stories.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES: ... This is a book meant to dazzle its readers -- and it does.

From SHELF AWARENESS: ... This is a book kids can dip in and out of, but will be most enjoyed cover to cover.

From HORN BOOK: impeccable... animated ...thoughtful...lyrical...gloriously star-spangled ...Lively and authentic, an excellent addition to the canon.

From THE CHILDREN'S BOOK SHELF:...hallmark in storytelling both in word and picture. It will pull young readers into the fascinating world of the Greek gods like no other publication available. To hear full review, click here.

 

EgyptianMyths

TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY, CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES, MONSTERS & MORTALS


2013 National Geographic (ISBN 978-1-4263-1380-6)

  • ALA Notable Children's Books List for 2014
  • KIRKUS Best Books of 2013
  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 100 Magnificent Children's Books 2013
  • starred review KIRKUS
  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
  • audio version with Recorded Books (978-1-4703-9786-9)

 

excerpt read by author

From KIRKUS: Sumptuous of format, magisterial of content, stimulating for heart and mind both.

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: Napoli's gripping and candid prose informs while offering the immediacy of a contemporary fantasy novel... Sidebars provide additional insights into the lives of ancient Egyptians and other topics... These mythological beings emerge as fully formed characters through equally powerful storytelling and images.

From MIDDLE SHELF MAGAZINE: The author's lyrical retelling ...make each God and Goddess leap off the page, transporting readers back to a time long ago when these myths were first imagined. Both books [the Greek one and the Egyptian one] deserve a permanent place on every school and home library shelf.

From SHELF AWARENESS: Another glorious collection from the team behind TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

 

ANGELWINGS Series

 

From THE HORN BOOK: ...[Readers] witness young people much like themselves improving their characters and their circumstances through the choices they make... promotes good, old-fashioned "values"...

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster


#1 FRIENDS EVERYWHERE (ISBN0-689-82694-X)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434- 0832-2)
  • Published in Italian (2002 Bompiani NUOVI AMICI PER PAT, ISBN 88-451-2607-2)
  • Published in Hebrew (2006 Sefer Lakol, Israel, to order click )

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#2 LITTLE CREATURES (ISBN 0-689-82695-8)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0833-0)
  • Published in Italian (2002 Bompiani GLI ANIMALI DI SIMONA, ISBN 88-451-2608-0)
  • Published in Hebrew (2006 Sefer Lakol, Israel, to order click )

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ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#3 ON HER OWN (ISBN 0-689-82985-X)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0834-9)
  • Published in Italian (2002 Bompiani ELENA CRESCE, ISBN 88-451-2609-9)
  • Published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel, to order click)

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ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#4 ONE LEAP FORWARD (ISBN 0-689-82986-8)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0835-7)
  • Published in Italian (2002 Bompiani IL CORAGGIO DI PAUL, ISBN 88-451-2610-2)
  • Published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel,to order click)

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#5 GIVE AND TAKE (ISBN 0-689-83205-2)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0838-1)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel,to order click)

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#6 NO FAIR (ISBN 0-689-8320-0)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN0-7434 -0841-1)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#7 APRIL FLOWERS (ISBN 0-689-83207-9)

  • Renaissance Learning recommended list
  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434-0861-6)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#8 PLAYING GAMES (ISBN 0-689-83208-7)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0862-4)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#9 LIES AND LEMONS (ISBN 0-689-83209-5)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0889-6)
  • Published in Hebrew (2006 Sefer Lakol, Israel, to order click )

reviews

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#10 RUNNING AWAY (ISBN 0-689-83210-9)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -0863-2)
  • Published in Hebrew (2006 Sefer Lakol, Israel, to order click )

reviews

 

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#11 KNOW-IT-ALL (ISBN 0-689-83572-8)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -2884-6)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

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ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#12 NEW VOICES (ISBN 0-689-83573-6)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434 -1608-2)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#13 LEFT OUT (ISBN 0-689-83971-5)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN 0-7434-1609-0)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#14 HAPPY HOLIDAYS (ISBN 0-689-83977-4)

  • Published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd. ISBN0-7434 -1910-4)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

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ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#15 PARTNERS (ISBN 0-689-83972-3)

  • to be published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd.)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

reviews

 

ANGELWINGS
a series of 16 books, fall, 1999 - spring, 2001 Simon&Schuster

#16 HANG IN THERE (ISBN 0-689-83973-1)

  • to be published in the United Kingdom (2001 Omnia Books, Ltd.)
  • to be published in Hebrew (Sefer Lakol, Israel)

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