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Breath by Donna Jo Napoli
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Jul 20, 2010

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Salz is a young boy who lives with his father, brothers, and grandmother on a farm outside of the medieval town of Hameln. He has cystic fibrosis and suffers from coughing attacks that threaten his life. The plot thickens as the community is threatened with rats and a plague that afflicts the livestock and the people. Salz and his grandmother belong to a coven and they try to stop the plague with a particularly powerful spell which doesn't make any difference.

This is a very powerful story of the Pied Piper told from Salz’ perspective. Napoli does a masterful job of drawing the reader into the story with her character development and her fast paced narrative. I didn’t like the burial scene – I thought it was too graphic; however, I would be interested in reading another Napoli book.

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