Fantasies  based on fairytales in historical settings other than Germany and France -- chronolologically ordered

 

BOOKLIST:

... beautifully written... romance, adventure, fantasy...

VOYA:

...subtle highlighting of the need to work hard, yet appreciate the beauty in life...

 

KIRKUS:

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

HORN BOOK:

... everyday magic that makes life worth living.

CRAZY JACK

1999 Delacorte (pb 2001)

ISBN 0-385-32627-0

  • Junior Library Guild

  • Smithsonian's Notable Books

  • starred review BOOKLIST

  • starred review BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • starred review VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

  • Tennessee Master List, Volunteer State Book Award

  • Renaissance Learning recommended list

  • available in large print from Thorndike (ISBN 0-7862-3047-9)

  • audiocassette with Recorded Books (ISBN 0-7887-4010-5)

  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

  • in Japanese (2006 Julian ISBN 4-902584-14X)

 

To see a one-act play version performed at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park, VT on 13 March 2014, go here.

 

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HORN BOOK:

... brings immediacy and vitality to the beast

 

KIRKUS:

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

 

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

... rich language and gracefully formal prose portraying Beast's poignant search for his place in the world...

 

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS:

Besides creating unconventional viewpoint characters, Napoli is a master of atmosphere ...a deep immersion into an unfamiliar world... anguish... integrity ... true love.

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For a description of Donna Jo's visit to Iran in 2005, click here:

BEAST

2000 Simon & Schuster (pb 2002)

ISBN 0-689-83589-2

  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Books

  • Junior Library Guild

  • VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES "Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers"

  • VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES "Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror"

  • finalist for 2001 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • starred review KIRKUS

  • starred review THE HORN BOOK

  • audiocassette with Recorded Books (ISBN 0-7887-5227-8)

  • Washington DC's Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children

  • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book Pennsylvania Library Association

  • Keystone Young Adult Book Award list

  • YALSA 100 Great Books for Teens

  • 2001-2002 Texas Tayshas Reading List

  • Renaissance Learning recommended list

  • available in cassette through Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

  • available in large print from Thorndike (ISBN 0-7862-7421-2)

  • in Japanese (2005 Julian ISBN 4-902584-13-1)

  • in Farsi (2003 Peydayesh                                                    ISBN 964 349 169 2)

CAPITOL CHOICES:

...this excellent read-aloud introduces young readers to an exotic habitat.

 

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.

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

BOUND

2004 Simon & Schuster (pb 2006)

ISBN 0-689-86175-3

  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Books

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Books

  • KIRKUS Editor's Choice

  • BOOKLIST Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • starred review KIRKUS

  • starred review BOOKLIST

  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • Junior Library Guild

  • American Library Association Young Adults (YALSA) Popular Paperbacks

  • nominated for Kentucky Bluegrass Award

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List (Vermont)

  • South Carolina Junior Book Award List

  • available in large print from Thorndike (ISBN 0-7862-7419-0)

  • in German (2008 Patmos Verlagshaus ISBN 978-3-7941-8047-9)

  • in Japanese (2009 Akane Shobo ISBN 978-4-2510-6662-6)