Reviews: FIRE IN THE HILLS by Donna Jo Napoli

A couple of participants read Fire in the Hills by Donna Jo Napoli, the sequel to Stones in Water.  Here’s a little of what they had to say; click the links to read the complete reviews.

Wanda from A Season to Read says:

With Volpe Rossa’s guidance and encouragement Roberto does his part delivering messages and munitions, all the while slowly making his way back to Venice. The risks they take and the brutality they face if caught is almost unimaginable. Knowing that Fire in the Hills is based on the true wartime experiences of some of the author’s Italian friends, makes reading about the efforts and sacrifices of the partigiani that much more compelling.

Anna from Diary of an Eccentric says:

Fire in the Hills is full of action and tension, and every time Lupo and Volpe Rossa came in contact with the Nazis, I was on the edge of my seat.  I’d grown attached to Lupo, and I could feel his fear.  I loved the character of Volpe Rossa, a young woman wise beyond her years, a leader with great strength.  She knows how to use her femininity and her beauty to her advantage and to advance the cause — and no matter what happens, she doesn’t want to be viewed as a helpless girl.  Napoli provides a lot of interesting details about the Italian resistance, emphasizing the role women played in helping bring the war to a close.  She also brilliantly captures the innocence of Lupo, his gentleness and respect for humanity, which he retains despite all of the horrific things he has witnessed.

**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**


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