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Book Title: Breath|
Date of issue: February 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780689861741
The author of the book: Donna Jo Napoli
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 445 KB
Edition: Atheneum Books
Read full description of the books Breath:In the year 1284, the German town of Hameln was overcome by a mysterious illness. Legend goes that the town hired a magical piper, who got rid of all the rats. When the piper was refused a fair pay, he led all the young children away with music.
Sounds familiar, right? "Breath" challenges the classic story of the Pied Piper. It is told from the point of view by a boy named Salz, who was the lame boy that couldn't keep up with the Piper's parade.
Salz is very unique in the story. He has cystic fibrosis-- a genetic condition where mucus builds up in the lungs. Most children who had this at this time did not live that long. Salz seems to beat all the odds against "salty" children, seeing that his age is twelve. Living that long would have been almost impossible in the dark ages, but the author makes this issue work throughout the story.
Donna Jo Napoli is at her best in this book. The historical parts were described flawlessly. She also managed to make this book into somewhat of a mystery-- a big step from her other books, such as "Daughter of Venice" and "Bound". There is enough in this book to keep anyone who reads it interested.
I would recommend this book to everyone, mainly those who love Historical Fiction. The topic tackled in this book, ergot posioning, was really fascinating. I would love to see more like this from Donna Jo Napoli.
Read information about the authorFrom her website:
Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.
Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear Taxi died in 2009.
She lives outside Philadelphia. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College. It was at UM that she earned tenure (in 1981) and became a full professor (in 1984). She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Capital Normal University of Beijing (China), as well as lectured at the University of Sydney (Australia), Macquarie University (Australia), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In the area of linguistics she has authored five books (one of which is being translated into Korean), co-authored four (one of which is in Italian), edited one, and co-edited four (with a fifth in press), ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d/Deaf people. She has held grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation.
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