The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli

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Don Giovanni was once the wealthiest and handsomest young man in Messina. Then a tidal wave changed everything. When a well-dressed stranger offers him a magical purse, he knows he shouldn't take it. Only the devil would offer a deal like this, and only a fool would accept.

Don Giovanni is no fool, but he is desperate. He takes the bet: he will not bathe for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days. Beauty is a small price to pay for worldly wealth, isn't it? Unless he loses the wager--and with it his soul.

Set against the stunning backdrop of ancient Sicily, Donna Jo Napoli's new novel is a powerful tale about discovering what truly matters most.


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 April 22, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After suffering a reversal of fortune, a handsome young nobleman enters into a dangerous wager with the Devil, surrendering his beauty and possibly his very soul to win a magical purse in this retelling of an old Sicilian fairy tale.

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Having a particular weakness for fairy tales (especially exotic ones), I was eager to read THE WAGER, based on a Sicilian fairy tale.

Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Wager


It’s a wonderful plot, Don Giovanni turns out to be likable and it’s great ‘happily ever after’ story.

Feb 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Wager

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