Zel

Mass Market Paperback | November 1, 1998

byDonna Jo Napoli

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High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need -- for they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected -- until a chance encounter changes everything. When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions. But Zel's mother sees the future unfolding -- and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her..."Will leave readers spellbound."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need because they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected--until she encounters a beautiful young prince at the market. But her mother sees the future unfolding and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her.

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High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need -- for they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected -- until a chance encounter changes everything. When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions. But Zel's mother sees the future ...

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 th...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.1 × 4.3 × 0.5 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141301163

ISBN - 13:9780141301167

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprising! I was pleasantly surprised as I started reading this book anf found it to be a re-telling of the classic Repunzel. I kicked myself for not realizing it sooner, but when I did I could wait to keep reading it. I loved how the author was able to take a classic fairytale and turn it into a full length novel. The character development was amazing and I beleive any girl would love this book.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best i am a 12 year old girl from niagara. our librarian told us about this book and i loved it. i did it for a book report..but i havent handed it in yet. any girl would love this book. i cant wait to read other books like sirenia. amsing job donna jo. i also loved the mother character. isnt she great? a must read
Date published: 2005-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent As I read into this book I realised that 'Zel' Is really the more mature re-telling of Repunzel. This was the first of Donna Jo Napoli's books I've ever read and it was amazing. It lead me to read Serena,Spinners and Beast which are all wonderful re-tellings of the classic fairy tales we've all grown up with and enjoy.I would really recommend this to all who enjoyed fairy tales as a child.
Date published: 2003-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best this is by far the best book i have ever read and i am sure if you read it you will never get over the tuching story
Date published: 2000-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zel This is simply the greatest book ever written by Donna Jo Napoli.'Zel' is about a prince named Konrad who will go through any obstacle to find Zel ,who he met at the market one day and fell instantly in love.One obstacle is Zel's mother. Another obstacle is that Zel is a imprisoned in a tall tower. Now, what fairy tale does that sound like? In this book you'll find many delightful suprises as well as two strong,young lovers who will allow nobody to stand in their way of having a happy and loving life together.
Date published: 1999-05-15

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Table of Contents

ZelPart 1. The Gift
Switzerland, mid-1500's

Part 2. Rejection

Part 3. Lonely

Part 4. Obsessed

Part 5. The Kiss

Part 6. Love

Part 7. Scattering

Part 8. Gathering

From Our Editors

High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need because they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected--until she encounters a beautiful young prince at the market. But her mother sees the future unfolding and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her.