Stones in Water

Stones in Water After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend Roberto is forced to work in Germany escapes into the Ukrainian winter befo

  • Title: Stones in Water
  • Author: Donna Jo Napoli
  • ISBN: 9780525458425
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. It gave a perspective on WW2 that I hadn't known of before (Germany kidnapping Italian boys and forcing them into work camps). The prose was well-written and the story flowed nicely. I thought it very age-appropriate and would like to read something else by Napoli in the future.

    2. Stones in WaterBy Donna Jo NapoliI love this book. I went through the last 150 pages without even realizing it, and then I just wanted more. The protagonist, Roberto, is fantastic. Napoli has a real talent for creating life-like characters. Roberto made me want to spend a month in Italy. His boyishness is so tangible and so believable, I just want to meet him. This story is tragic and grim because it is about World War II, but it is also beautiful and important. Napoli finds the humanity in the [...]

    3. Good, but not my favorite by Napoli. She also explored the survival theme in NORTH, a book that IS one of my favorites by her. Definitely a little-known subject, though (how Italian boys were kidnapped and forced to work for the Nazis during WWII).

    4. Wow. I am grateful to this author for showing another view of the war with the Nazis. Showing that more than Jews suffered during the tyrannical reign of Hitler.

    5. This compelling and original YA historical fiction novel details the conditions of forced labor camps in Eastern Europe during World War II. The novel begins with a mass kidnapping where a group of Italian school boys viewing a Western cowboy film are rounded up by soldiers and forced to board a train headed for a labor camp. The teen protagonist Roberto is separated from everyone he knows except for Samuele, a Jewish friend who must keep his religious identity a secret in the work camp. The nov [...]

    6. There’s a few things I liked about this novel before I even opened it up. First, the cover caught my eye as I was scanning books at the library for inventory last week. The pain and the emptiness that is etched onto his face, the clothing that is fastened onto his body and those shoes, his shoes that are way too big for such a young child. It was Donna Napoli’s name on the cover that struck another chord in my mind, for I had read another one of her novels, one that I will never forget. It w [...]

    7. Stones in Water. Napoli, Donna Jo.Rating: ***Summary: Roberto and his friend sneak off to go see a movie in a small town. During the movie German soldiers take all the young boys to a camp. The boys witness shootings and many other graphic situations. The two boys try to stick together as the boys are separated. Luckily the boys stay in the same group. However, Samuel has a dark secret that could get him killed if the soldiers find out. Roberto sneaks food across lines since food is scarce at th [...]

    8. Roberta is a young Italian boy, relatively unaffected by WWII, that just wants to see a good old Western with his friends. It is a little bit of a concernt obe going with his best friend Samuele since he is a Jew, but not a big enough deal to change plans. The four boys, including Roberto's older brother are enjoying their movie when the lights come on followed by a bunch of German soldiers. No need to worry, they are on the same team, probably just sendin them home for watching an American film [...]

    9. When Roberto sneaks off to see a movie in his Italian village, he has no idea that life as he knows it is over. German soldiers raid the theater and pack them onto a train. After a terrifying journey, Roberto and his best friend Samuele find themselves in a brutal work camp, where there is very little food and hard life is everything. The boys vow to stay together no matter what. But Samuele has a dangerous secret, which, if discovered, could get them both killed. Lovers of historical fiction wi [...]

    10. This book reminded me of how bad people really had it during World War 2. It's crazy what starvation and the cold can really do to people. People were really strong during that time. I don't know if I could have handled all that most of the prisoners went through.

    11. "Stones in Water", by Donna Jo Napoli is a really good book, you should read if you like WWII setting. This book is about a boy who has been forced to be in war without a choice, the boys name was Roberto. Roberto has to fight against his will in this book as he is kept captive by soldiers, but he's not alone. As he is kept captive, he is separated from his family and can't do anything. Now Roberto and his friend Samuele try to escape the predicament. Once I started reading this book I got hooke [...]

    12. I can't believe I found this book! I read this during my junior year of high school (yowza, 17 years ago!) and it has stuck with me ever since. By stuck with me I mean a piece of this book broke off and rooted in my soul. There is one particular part in the camp while the boys are sleeping and there is an incident over a pair of boots that absolutely crushed me. If I remember nothing else about this book, that will lead me to recommend it. However, I completely forgot the name of it and have lit [...]

    13. I expected so much more from this book. It was difficult to sit and read it for an extended amount of time. About 80% of the book has little to no dialogue. I’m honestly just glad to be done with it.

    14. Excellent book. My students wanted me to do a book club with them and they chose this book. It was such a great story and quick read. Once you start the book you will not want to but it down. Great book!

    15. Very good readStarts off a bit slow but by half way you can't put it down.The sad truth about how terrible war is.

    16. Another viewpoint about WWII that shows that many others aside from the Jews,also suffered from Hitlers regime. This was a very moving book.

    17. I picked up this book in a library book sale because it was about another one of those little known events that occurred during World War II: the snatching of Italian boys by Nazis and used as forced labor. And also because the setting, at least in the beginning, was in Venice, Italy in the early 1940s, an unusual setting for most MG or YA novels. The story centers on the friendship between 12 year old Roberto, a Catholic, and Samuele, a Jew. It begins with the lure of seeing an American western [...]

    18. The book that I chose to read for my independent reading project is "Stones in Water", by Donna Jo Napoli. This book will reveal the struggles of a young boy Named Roberto that was taken from his small Italian village to a Nazi concentration camp. Along the way he is separated from his older brother and his good friend. Luckily, he is not left alone. He is accompanied by his Jewish friend Samuele, who changed his name to "Enzo" to hide his identity as a Jew. Roberto and Enzo stick together throu [...]

    19. Stones in Water in a great book written by Donna Jo Napoli. In short, during World War Two, a young Italian Boy named Roberto goes to see an American film with some friends and his older brother. Before the movie starts, Nazi's fill the theater and usher them out and on to a train, headed for Germany. The boys must now live in a brutal work camp and keep Roberto's friend Samuele's secret, that he is Jewish, and in the middle of a work camp.I think the best thing about the book is that Roberto an [...]

    20. Stones in Water By: Donna Jo Napoli Book Review Brian Bredemann Reading 8-McG Book Review 4/27/08If you love historical fiction and World War II, then you will love Stones in Water. This book is about a fourteen year-old named Roberto, who lives in Venice, Italy during the time Italy was part of the Axis forces in 1942. The story begins with Roberto, his friends Memo and Samuele and his brother, Sergio, getting captured in a movie theatre and sent on a train into Germany. Memo [...]

    21. Stones in Water is a thrilling book written by Donna Jo Napoli. When a young Italian boy by the name of Roberto gets captured from a movie theatre in Venice with his brother Sergio and two friends Memo and Samuelle, they are taken to a concentration camp in Germany. At the camp Robert and Samuelle get separated from Memo and Sergio, they must help each other survive. but Samuelle has a life threatening secret and they are both dying to keep it.The best part about this book was the end because it [...]

    22. In "Stones in Water" starts out in Venice, Italy. Memo, Roberto, Sergio and Samuele, who is Jewish, all go to the next city over to watch a American Western during the time of WWII. Right before the movie starts German soldiers come in and force everyone out of the theater and force them onto trains. They travel there for a while and then they get off at a train station and are forced into groups to follow the soldiers. Sergio who is much older gets put with the older boys. Memo, Roberto and Sam [...]

    23. Two of my 8th grade kids chose to read this as an alternative to Elie Wiesel's graphic Night as part of a Holocaust study. I knew quite a bit about this historical fiction novel, but had not read it cover-to-cover until now. Offering an original perspective of WWII and the Holocaust, it is a narrative of an Italian boy forced along with hundreds of other boys into slave labor to support the failing Nazi war efforts. In the first half of the novel, the protagonist, Roberto, struggles to keep his [...]

    24. Stones In Water. This book Is one of my favorites. It isn't long, but it packs such a punch It was a raw story. Deep, strong, and throbbing. It set the story and you knew the characters Like you were the one standing there, seeing the Jews behind wires and cages. Like you were the one standing beside Roberto, all the while. The story telling matched the story, and I was left basically crying. This time of history, World War II, is one of the most interested to me. I'm intrigued by this time and [...]

    25. Roberto and his two friends are part of a group of Italian boys rounded up by the Germans during WWII to work for their effort. Held almost like prisoners of war, they are forced to work with little food and inadequate clothing in harsh conditions. Roberto is sensitive and a bit of a dreamer, but his friend, Samuele, or Enzo as he is called to hide his Jewish identity from the Germans, teaches him practical survival skills that help them survive the harsh conditions. When Samuele dies and Robert [...]

    26. The title of the book is called stones in water,which is by donna jo napoli. The book grabs the readers attention by adding some intense action,and is based mostly around soldiers. The good example of this is when there are kids these group of kids in this movie theater seeing a movie that they shouldn't see,and the soldiers come into the scene and take the kids away. The second element that the book showed,would be the book showed a lot of the character main reactions to all of the things that [...]

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