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Dec 09, 2003
| ISBN 9780440229285
| Young Adult
May 14, 2002
| ISBN 9780375890079
| Young Adult
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Dec 09, 2003 | ISBN 9780440229285 | Young Adult
May 14, 2002 | ISBN 9780375890079 | Young Adult
In 1592, Donata is a noble girl living in a palazzo on the Grand Canal. Girls of her class receive no education and rarely leave the palazzo. In a noble family, only one daughter and one son will be allowed to marry; Donata, like all younger daughters, will be sent to a convent. Donata longs to be tutored like her brothers and to see the Venice she has glimpsed only on the map. What is the world beyond her balcony, beyond what she sees when she glides, veiled, in a gondola down the canal? She dresses as a boy and escapes the palazzo on the Grand Canal to see the world before she is shut away, and to try to find a way to escape her fate. Donata risks everything; she changes her life, and her family’s life, forever when she walks through the door and encounters a Venice she never knew existed.
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of Crazy Jack, The Magic Circle, Stones in Water, and many other books. She is the chairperson of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College.
“Napoli’s many fans will not be disappointed by this engrossing and exotic novel.”—School Library Journal, Starred
Nevada Young Readers Award
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