Elementary and Middle Grade Novels and Stories

by Donna Jo Napoli

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FISH GIRL

a graphic novel

illustrated by and coauthored with David Wiesner

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THE NEW YORK TIMES:

...powerful climax ...surreal and sometimes unsettling story ... determination and bravery ... Do not hestitate to give these books to boys as well as girls...

TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY,

CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES, HEROES & MONSTERS

TREASURY OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY, STORIES OF INTRIGUE, TRICKERY, LOVE & REVENGE

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National Geographic Timeless Stories

illustrated by Christina Balit

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...wise, witty, and thoroughly entrancing...lyrically written... A must-have for most collections.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: 

dramatic world of life and death...the gods are larger-than-life and not blunted to conform to modern sensibilities. VERDICT: Buy it, and if space is an issue, weed to make it fit.

TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY, CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES,

MONSTERS & MORTALS

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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...

TREASURY OF BIBLE STORIES

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KIRKUS:

A worthy cultural treasury with appeal to both the faithful and irreligious. 

TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS:

STORIES OF ADVENTURE, MAGIC, LOVE, AND BETRAYAL

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THE BOOKLIST READER:

...it simply isn’t possible to beat the sheer drama of the high-stakes premise of this important literary treasure.

TREASURY OF MAGICAL TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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coming soon!

Animal Humor

-- retold fairytales--  illustrated by Lita Judge

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UGLY

KIRKUS: 

...fabulous coming-of-age story... about fitting in (or not), about the implacability of nature and weather ...

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

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MOGO, THE THIRD WARTHOG

BOOKLIST:

...life-or-death adventure tale...[for] children who love animals

Sly The Sleuth Mysteries

coauthored with Robert Furrow

illustrated by Heather Maione

SLY THE SLEUTH

AND THE PET MYSTERIES

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SLY THE SLEUTH

AND THE FOOD MYSTERIES

SLY THE SLEUTH

AND THE CODE MYSTERIES

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SLY THE SLEUTH

AND THE SPORTS MYSTERIES

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 BOOKLIST: 

... upbeat stories ... written in short sentences with basic vocabulary targeted toward newly confident readers...

Suspense

TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS

 

BOOKLIST:

...high-spirited contemporary adventure..

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THREE DAYS 

THE HORN BOOK:

 ...Taut and suspenseful.. you-are-there immediacy...

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

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LIGHTS ON THE NILE

KIRKUS:

...should enthrall young fans of historical fiction.

Family Stories

THE BRAVEST THING

CHANGING TUNES

 

KIRKUS:

 ...bittersweet ... a reassuringly bewildered character...

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

 .. Laurel's extraordinary determination seems realistic...

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Family Humor -- novel and sequel

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WHEN THE WATER CLOSES OVER MY HEAD

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

...[especially for] youngsters having trouble overcoming a fear

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ON GUARD

 

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

 ...wisdom about the perplexities and pitfalls involved in youthful alliances...

Natural Science Humor Trilogy 

based on the frog prince fairy tale

illustrated by Judith Schachner

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THE PRINCE OF THE POND,

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DE FAWG PIN

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KIRKUS:

...enchanting story... it [blends] gentle, offbeat humor... with... action and suspense

JIMMY,

THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE

KIRKUS:

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

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...lighthearted fantasy

GRACIE,

THE PIXIE OF THE PUDDLE

Friendship Humor Trilogy

-amazing talking freckles-

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SOCCER SHOCK 

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SHARK SHOCK

BOOKLIST

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

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SHELLEY SHOCK

BOOKLIST:

...humor ...believable portrayal of the complexities of sixth-grade life...

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

... fantastic twist... genuine characters ...