Donna Jo Napoli is an award winning author of numerous children's and young-adult fiction books. Besides being an author she is a prominent linguist, and is currently a linguist professor at Swarthmore College. She has won several awards for her work, including The Golden Kite Award, The Sydney Taylor Award, and Silver Awards.
Many of her children's books are re-tellings of fairy tales, including The Magic Circle, Crazy Jack, Spinners, Breath, Bound, and Beast. She also writes historical fiction books, including The Crossing, Daughter of Venice, and The Smile. An avid traveler, many of Donna Jo Napoli's books take place in countries around the world, including Austria in Ready to Dream.
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