The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli

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Hers is the most famous portrait in the world. Here, in prose as rich as the high Renaissance, is Mona Lisa?s tale?a story of passion, loss, and, above all, love. Elisabetta longs for romance, though she thinks she?s too plain. Then, on a visit to Florence, she catches the eye of the great Leonardo da Vinci, and falls for a boy, Giuliano de? Medici. It?s a dangerous time to be?or to be involved with?a Medici. As tragedy and chaos threaten their happiness, Elisabetta faces the bittersweet truth of love.


About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli is the award-winning author of many distinguished books for young readers, among them The King of Mulberry Street and Daughter of Venice. She lives with her family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College
Published August 29, 2008 by Speak. 284 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Political strife and family deaths repeatedly postpone Betta’s husband-seeking party, but although her engagement with Giuliano is secret, she never dreams the truth—that her father’s betrothed her elsewhere.

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One of the great mysteries, the secret of Mona Lisa's smile, is captivatingly addressed in this fictional history of the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.

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Deseret News

Fictionalized history has two benefits for young readers: it outlines events from the past that may be studied only briefly — or not at all — in a school setting, and it puts in context characters to which readers can relate.

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Historical Novel Society

The Smile is the next title in Donna Jo Napoli’s growing list of young adult novels.

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