Stones in WaterDonna Jo Napoli
history, young adult
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 train. After a terrifying journey, Roberto and his best friend Samuele find themselves in a brutal work camp, where food is scarce and horror is everywhere. The boys vow to stay together no matter what. But Samuele has a dangerous secret, which, if discovered, could get them both killed. Lovers of historical fiction will be captivated by this tragic, triumphant, and deeply moving novel.
"A gripping, meticulously researched story." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An intense, gripping tale." – School Library Journal, starred review
"An affecting coming-of-age novel with a vivid and undeniable message about the human costs of war." – The Horn Book
* An ALA Notable Book
* An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
* New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
* An NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
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.