Fire in the Hills

Fire in the Hills

by Donna Jo Napoli

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It's been two years since fifteen-year-old Roberto was kidnapped and forced to work in a German labor camp. After finally escaping, he's made his way back to Italy. Roberto is desperate to return to the safety of his family, but how can he turn his back on the war while so many people are suffering? Roberto joins the resistance movement, and smuggles guns and secret information to rebel fighters. Every mission takes him closer to home, but every mission is even more dangerous than the last. Will Roberto survive and make his way home?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440662959
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 260 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli was introduced to Dutton by fellow Philadelphia area resident Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim.

In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond (1992) which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997 andThe Magic Circle (1993). The former, a light fantasy that revisits the frog prince motif, highlights hertalent for humor. The latter, a young adult novel, also revisits a fairy tale ("Hansel and Gretel," in this case), but there the similarities to her humorous books end. In this dark tale told from the point of view of the witch, Napoli tells a tale of outward corruption and inner purity, filled withspellbinding imagery. School Library Journal said, "The strength of Napoli's writing and the clarity of her vision make this story fresh and absorbing. A brilliantly executed novel that is sure to be appreciated by thoughtful readers."

Perhaps Napoli's versatility can be explained in part by her background in linguistics and poetry. She is currently a professor of linguistics and chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College, where she also teaches courses in writing fiction for children. In addition to writing forchildren, she is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes.

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books, including Soccer Schock(1991), The Prince of the Pond(1992), The Magic Circle (1993), When Water Closes Over My Head(1994), Shark Shock (1994), Jimmy, The Pickpocket of the Palace -- the highspirited sequel to The Prince of the Pond, The Bravest Thing (1997), On Guard (1997), Changing Tunes (1998), and also the award-winning novel Zel (1996), a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books.Donna Jo Napoli's Stones in Water(1997),is the wrenching novel of a boy caught in a war he hates. It won the Golden Kite Award in 1997.

Donna Jo Napoli lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her husband Barry and their five children. She has received three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, anM.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. 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.

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Fire in the Hills 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
QueenRose More than 1 year ago
This book is better than the first. Roberto gets back to Italy but he's not all the way home in Venice yet. He gets involved with the resistence to try to stop the nazis. Roberto also falls inlove with his new friend who is also involved with the resistence. The ending is sad but and yes I was a little disappointed because I felt like there were still questions that needed to be answered. Like did Roberto make it back home? What happens to him when all this is over? I think Napoli should write another sequel to this book. But if you liked Stones in Water you will love this sequel to it.
WriteTheNightAway More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you from the first page and wont let you put it down till you've finished. I didn't read the Stones in Water, which was a prequel to this book, ( I'm going to now) but you really didn't need too. This book stands alone as a great read for all ages. I have no hesitation in recommending this for readers age 12 all the way up to 112..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son devoured this book. He had a hard time putting it down to get on the school bus as well as putting it down to go to bed. I was shocked because he is not a big reader and generally does not like fiction. He loved this book. I read it as well and enjoyed it. We actually read this before reading Stones in Water, but we both enjoyed it on it's own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great just fantasic
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After the Stones in Water, which I loved, this sequel was a little disappointing. The ending left quite a few questions unanswered but considering the book it blends right in. I wish she would make a third to follow up what happened.