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Stones in water / Donna Jo Napoli.

By: Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c1997Edition: 1st ed.ISBN: 0525458425 (hardcover); 9780525458425 (hardcover).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Juvenile fictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Stones in water.DDC classification: [Fic]
Contents:
The Film -- The Train -- Picks -- Wasser -- Barbed Wire -- Stones -- Boots -- The Woods -- Cold -- Life -- The Sled -- Boots Again -- Under Bushes -- Fever -- Stones.
Summary: After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
CML Adolescent Fiction Area
N2165ST (Browse shelf) Available 0000001369370

The Film -- The Train -- Picks -- Wasser -- Barbed Wire -- Stones -- Boots -- The Woods -- Cold -- Life -- The Sled -- Boots Again -- Under Bushes -- Fever -- Stones.

After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-9‘Napoli, who has written in a variety of genres‘fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, legends‘demonstrates that she has mastered historical fiction as well. Sneaking into the cinema to see an American Western during World War II has grave consequences for Roberto, a Venetian middle-school student, his brother, and two friends. The young male audience is trapped by German soldiers and transported by train out of Italy as cheap forced labor. The first project, constructing a tarmac, goes smoothly, despite wretched living conditions. Separated from his older brother, timid Roberto relies on his quick-thinking friend, Samuele. Both realize the necessity of hiding Samuele's Jewish identity from their captors and fellow prisoners. When a "shipment" of Polish Jews arrive and are penned near the labor group, Roberto uses his ingenuity to help feed two Jewish girls with his meager rations. After Samuele is beaten to death trying to save Roberto's scavenged boots, Roberto escapes. He is a displaced gondolier trying to navigate his boat on a modern Styx, a hellish river journey with slim chances for survival. Few books view the Holocaust from this vantage point; few readers are familiar with the Venetian/Italian connection to the work camps. Others will be interested in this story as survivalism from the worst kind of nightmare. Many children will be ensnared by the author's paean to the art and value of storytelling. Samuele's legacy is the nourishing stories that keep Roberto alive. An intense, gripping tale.‘Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Donna Jo Napoli was born on February 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in mathematics, an M.A. in Italian literature, and a Ph.D. in general and romance linguistics from Harvard University. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals, and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. <p> In the area of linguistics, she has authored five books, co-authored six books, edited one book, and co-edited five books. She is also a published poet and co-editor of four volumes of poetry. Her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, was published in 1991. Her other novels include the Zel, Beast, The Wager, Lights on the Nile, Skin, Storm, Hidden, and Dark Shimmer. She is also the author of several picture books including Flamingo Dream, The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions, Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication, The Crossing, A Single Pearl, and Hands and Hearts. She has received several awards including the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award for The Prince of the Pond and the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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