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Book Title: Spinners|
The author of the book: Donna Jo Napoli
Edition: Dutton Juvenile
Date of issue: August 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780525460657
Format files: PDF
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This gripping novel set in long-ago times explores the mysterious secrets that weave together the lives of a lonely crippled man and an innocent girl. Both are spinners, and each one is able to make extraordinary yarns.The girl spins at her wheel because she loves it, and she expresses her artistic nature as well as earns a livelihood for her and her father. The man also lives by what he spins, but he is driven to it by a destructive force. For when he spins on a certain wheel, pumping with his crippled leg, something so darkly magical happens that he can spin gold from straw. He holds this secret in his heart, a heart as twisted with bitterness as his deformed body.
In the way she limned the age-old tales in Zel and The Magic Circle, and re-created their characters in a startlingly new way, Donna Jo Napoli, with Richard Tchen, spins her own story of the heights -- and depths -- to which love can take us. Wholly original in its imagining, this novel is amazing, tantalizing and horrifying all at the same time.
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Read information about the authorDonna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction. She loves to garden and bake bread, and even dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist.
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear Taxi died in 2009.
She has five children, seven grandchildren, and currently lives outside Philadelphia. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College. It was at UM that she earned tenure (in 1981) and became a full professor (in 1984). She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), Capital Normal University of Beijing (China), the University of Newcastle (UK), the University of Venice at Ca' Foscari (Italy), and the Siena School for the Liberal Arts (Italy) as well as lectured at the University of Sydney (Australia), Macquarie University (Australia), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and held a fellowship at Trinity College Dublin. In the area of linguistics she has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 17 books, ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d/Deaf people. She has held grants and fellowships from numerous sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Sloan Foundation.
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