Donna J Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli was introduced to Dutton by fellow Philadelphia area resident Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim.

In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond (1992) which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997 andThe Magic Circle (1993). The former, a light fantasy that revisits the frog prince motif, highlights hertalent for humor. The latter, a young adult novel, also revisits a fairy tale (Hansel and Gretel, in this case), but there the similarities to her humorous books end. In this dark tale told from the point of view of the witch, Napoli tells a tale of outward corruption and inner purity, filled withspellbinding imagery. School Library Journal said, The strength of Napoli's writing and the clarity of her vision make this story fresh and absorbing. A brilliantly executed novel Read More chevron_right