ZelDonna Jo Napoli
fantasy, young adult
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 she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions. But Zel's mother sees the future unfolding – and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her...
"Will leave readers spellbound." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Donna Jo Napoli (born 1948) is an author of children's and young adult books, as well as a prominent linguist who has worked in syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical and comparative linguistics, Romance studies, structure of Japanese, structure of American Sign Language, poetics, writing for ESL students, and mathematical and linguistic analysis of folk dance.