Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

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Zel begins to have thoughts of a life of her own life and Zel's mother is fearful of her daughter ever leaving her, so when a young man accidentally meets Zel and they become attracted to each other, Zel's mother locks her away in a tower far away from everyone, especially the young man.
 

About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.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. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College. She is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes. Napoli was introduced to Dutton by 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 which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997. Napoli has also won a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books for her novel Zel. Napoli's Stones in Water won the Golden Kite Award in 1997. She has written many young adult novels including The Wager in 2010.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Dutton Juvenile. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Here again, the "witch" is the tragic figure: A woman unable to bear children but unable to exist without a child sells her soul for an eldritch power over all plants, bullies her terrified neighbors into giving up their newborn daughter, and spirits her away to a remote Swiss farm.

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""Napoli visits her magic upon the tale of Rapunzel, creating a work of depth and beauty,"" said PW in a starred review.

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As she has done for The Frog Prince and Hansel and Gretel, Napoli here visits her magic upon the tale of Rapunzel, creating a work of depth and beauty.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Told in present-tense, this evocative and emotionally compelling retelling of the fairy tale "Rapunzel" alternates between the various characters' points of view: Zel, the heroine;

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And she will grow her hair to enormous lengths and live in an isolated tower and meet the boy of her dreams.

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