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Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of Crazy Jack, The Magic Circle, Stones in Water, and many other books, and is the chairperson of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College.

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Alligator Bayou

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Talullah, Louisiana. 1899.

Calogero, his uncles, and cousins are six Sicilian men living in the small town of Tallulah, Louisiana. They work hard, growing vegetables and selling them at their stand and in their grocery...

Crazy Jack

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Once there was a boy named Jack who traded away a cow for a handful of beans. But Jack was no fool, he was haunted since the day his father climbed up into the clouds and vanished. When the beans provide a way for...

Daughter of Venice

By: Donna Jo Napoli

In 1592, Donata is a noble girl living in a palazzo on the Grand Canal. Girls of her class receive no education and rarely leave the palazzo. In a noble family, only one daughter and one son will be allowed to marry;...

For the Love of Venice

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Percy is reluctant to accompany his family to Venice for the summer until he meets Graziella, a beautiful and passionate girl who leads him into another Venice, one that tourists never see.


The Great God Pan

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Pan, both goat and god, is a curious being who roams nature searching, wondering, and frolicking with maenads and satyrs. He plays melodies on his reed flute, wooing animals to listen. He is a creature...

The King of Mulberry Street

By: Donna Jo Napoli

In 1892, nine-year-old Dom’s mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent...

Dark Shimmer

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl....

Three Days

By: Donna Jo Napoli

While driving in the Italian countryside, eleven-year-old Jackie's father suddenly collapses at the wheel. Fear for her father's life quickly turns to terror when two Italian men kidnap her and drive to...

Shelley Shock

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Rocky: The Cat Who Barks

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Tamara Petrosino

Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Heather Maione

There are some strange new pets in Sly's neighborhood: a cat on a diet that keeps getting fatter, a fish that seems angry at its owner, and a peculiar pet named Wilson that suddenly disappears!
Only Sly...

Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Heather Maione

Sly (a.k.a. Sylvia) has newly set up shop as a neighborhood detective, and the advice from Kirkus Reviews is plain and simple: "Clear some shelf space" for this funny, engaging series.With each zany mystery...

Bobby the Bold

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Fire in the Hills

By: Donna Jo Napoli

It?s been two years since fifteen-year-old Roberto was kidnapped and forced to work in a German labor camp. After finally escaping, he?s made his way back to Italy. Roberto is desperate to return to the...

Sly the Sleuth and the Food Mysteries

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Heather Maione

The Smile

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Hers is the most famous portrait in the world. Here, in prose as rich as the high Renaissance, is Mona Lisa?s tale?a story of passion, loss, and, above all, love. Elisabetta longs for romance, though she...

Sly the Sleuth and the Code Mysteries

By: Robert Furrow
Illustrated by: Heather Maione

Is there a code to crack? Sly is on the job! What do a six-year-old boy speaking nonsense, a secret note, and symbols on a bathroom door all have in common? They are all codes that Sly (aka Sylvia) has to crack...

The Magic Circle

By: Donna Jo Napoli

The Prince of the Pond

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Judy Schachner

When the Water Closes over My Head

By: Donna Napoli
Illustrated by: Nancy Poydar


By: Donna Jo Napoli

High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need -- for they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected -- until a chance encounter changes everything. When...

Stones in Water

By: Donna Jo Napoli

When Roberto sneaks off to see a movie in his Italian village, he has no idea that life as he knows it is over. German soldiers raid the theater, round up the boys in the audience, and pack them onto a...


By: Donna Jo Napoli

Ready To Dream

By: Donna Jo Napoli;Elena Furrow