BreathDonna Jo Napoli
fantasy, history, young adult
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Salz lives in a time of superstition and fear in the medieval town of Hameln. This summer his bare-bones existence has been more fearsome than ever. Salz's father and brothers are affected by horrifying fits. The townspeople are gripped by madness. And the entire town is visited by a pestilence of rats. Only Salz remains unaffected. But is that because he is innocent? Or is he the devil himself?
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.