Stories based on the Ancient Bible and the New Testament
2014 Simon & Schuster (pb 2015)
Sydney Taylor Book Award presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries 2015
Bank Street Best Books list
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award presented by the Jewish Book Council
The characters ... that Napoli creates to flesh out her retelling of the classic story of survival and faith add both veracity and depth.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
...gritty survival story will resonate with fans of The Hunger Games...
BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:
Napoli mines the Biblical story... transforming it from a tale not about obeying the will of God but about how the very act of survival is sometimes the greatest leap of faith of all...Fans of Life of Pi will find a similar blend of gritty survivalism and spiritual contemplation in this maelstrom of a tale.
... swift and sometimes frightening .... Readers will feel all the anxiety, anticipation, fear, and hopelessness along with the people confined to the ark. . ... a tale of survival, empathy, and having faith.
.. delicious and fulfilling... This epic tale is very different...a very tender story full of discovery and the simple joys...even within the harsh reality of surviving.
... the despair of a ruined world and the stir-craziness of confinement ....an obstinate, guilt-ridden Noah and an angry family ... all through the eyes of a clever, headstrong young girl who learns to thrive on hope.
The writing is exceptional.... it is difficult to put the book down... Superb writing and a unique story ...a recommended purchase for Jewish libraries.
WOMEN'S LEAGUE FOR CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM:
... page turning adventure... satisfying climactic ending.... it will surely find an audience among readers who like their heroines spunky and with the courage to overcome catastrophe and begin life anew.
Rhapsody in Books Weblog:
...terrific book, but one shouldn't approach it with expectations of religious affirmation in the typical sense. It is a story about survival and love, the sanctity of living things, and the rewards of recognizing and respecting that sanctity.
... With richness of detail and depth of feeling, Napoli introduces the biblical figure Mary Magdalene... Lyrical and layered...
SONG OF THE MAGDALENE
1996 Scholastic (pb 1998)
reissued in pb 2004 Simon & Schuster (Kindle 2012)
American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list
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