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Breath by Donna Jo Napoli
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Feb 09, 2012

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I always find Napoli's historical fiction so interesting, and she's also good at interpretive fairy tales. This story is both. A boy in medieval Germany suffers from an unknown lung disease, and his family and town are stricken with a strange illness as well. The people use both witchcraft and church power to try and cure the illness, but they can't find out where the mysterious malady comes from. People in the story are cruel and ignorant, and it was kind of depressing, but I liked reading what went on the main character's mind as he tried to make the best of things and move beyond the limitations of medieval knowledge and culture.

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