Young adult novels by Donna Jo Napoli

 
 
 
 
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STONES IN WATER

KIRKUS:

... Riveting... A memorable survival story...

Historical novels

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IN A FLASH

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...a stunning look at the humanity of the Japanese and Italians during World War II... an enthralling story of sisterhood amongst harrowing war.

FIRE IN THE HILLS

KIRKUS:

... powerful.. strong, action-packed ode to the Italian resistance movement... a side of WWII that will fascinate readers...

BOOKLIST:

....uplifting historical novel that views a national tragedy through the lens of a moving personal story

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HUNGER: A TALE OF COURAGE

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THE KING OF MULBERRY STREET

KIRKUS:

... powerfully vivid ... immediacy ... irresistible...

ALLIGATOR BAYOU

KIRKUS:

... haunting... deep reflection on our country's treatment, past and present, of its immigrants...

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DAUGHTER OF VENICE

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THE SMILE

KIRKUS:

... magnificent ...both tragic and triumphant...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantasies based on fairytales in historical settings

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THE MAGIC CIRCLE

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

...genuine magic and suspense ...will captivate adults as well...

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BREATH

KLIATT:

...vividly evokes the harsh and superstitious medieval world... nightmarish .. memorable.

ZEL

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

... A work of depth and beauty... The genius of the novel lies in its breadth of vision...

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           SPINNERS

coauthored with Richard Tchen

BOOKLIST:

...Love, pride, greed, magic, and revenge: what a wonderful read.

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THE WAGER

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

....human nature at its worst and its best.

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DARK SHIMMER

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

...a sumptuously dark retelling of “Snow White,” ....absolutely wrenching

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BEAST

KIRKUS:

... sensual and brilliant imagining... Compelling, relentless, erotic.

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BOUND

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.

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CRAZY JACK

KIRKUS:

...Gripping... dark and psychologically truthful...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Irish/Viking --historical novel and sequel 

--based on character from the Icelandic Sagas --

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HUSH: AN IRISH PRINCESS' TALE

KIRKUS:

... spellbinding... rich in details both tender and blood-soaked... vivid, precise, cinematic.

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HIDDEN

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

Napoli seamlessly weaves cultural, mythological, and historical information together, immersing the readers in Norse life.

 

Tales Based on Characters from Greek Mythology

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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES:

...a poignant tale of relatable longing with the most beautiful language.

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SIRENA

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THE GREAT GOD PAN

KIRKUS:

... lush and varying landscapes... pulsing with erotic tension... elegant and tragic solution

 
 
 
 
 

Tales based on biblical characters

VOYA:

.... Readers will feel all the anxiety, anticipation, fear, and hopelessness along with the people confined to the ark. . ...

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BOOKLIST:

... richness of detail and depth of feeling... Lyrical and layered...

​For a recording of the author reading, please click here.

STORM

SONG OF THE MAGDALENE

 
 
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Contemporary stories

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FOR THE LOVE OF VENICE

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

... a unique slant on contemporary politics and perspectives couched in exotic romance

NORTH

KIRKUS:

... fascinating [journey], organically incorporating a wealth of detail about the Arctic and its human and non-human inhabitants.

SKIN

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: ...teens will relate to her feelings of betrayal toward her body... truly a novel about personal growth and the power of loving and believing in yourself.