Three Days

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While driving in the Italian countryside, eleven-year-old Jackie's father suddenly collapses at the wheel. Fear for her father's life quickly turns to terror when two Italian men kidnap her and drive to their remote home in the countryside. Jackie soon discovers that her captors are actually a family, plagued by a mysterious secret. Award-winning novelist Donna Jo Napoli has created a haunting thriller that gives life to Jackie's utter ...
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Overview

While driving in the Italian countryside, eleven-year-old Jackie's father suddenly collapses at the wheel. Fear for her father's life quickly turns to terror when two Italian men kidnap her and drive to their remote home in the countryside. Jackie soon discovers that her captors are actually a family, plagued by a mysterious secret. Award-winning novelist Donna Jo Napoli has created a haunting thriller that gives life to Jackie's utter desperation and determination to escape.

Author Biography:

When her father suddenly dies while on a business trip leaving her alone on an Italian highway, eleven-year-old Jackie worries what will happen when she is picked up by two men with unknown motives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jackie, eleven-years-old, accompanies her father on his business trip to Italy. At first the journey is almost magical—new foods, new sights, a musical language, and—best of all—time alone with Dad. But the magic turns to nightmare when, returning to their hotel, Jackie's father suddenly drives their rental car off the road and collapses. Jackie tries to rouse her parent, whose hands and forehead feel cooler and cooler, then frantically summons help from passing cars. But no one will stop until a small white car with a young and older man pull up. Jackie is sure they are going for help so she gets in their car and they speed away, stopping only to toss her passport, riffled from her father's body, into a river. Where do they take her? To an isolated, whitewashed house surrounded by vineyards and sea. The men put the frightened child into the care of Claudia, a kind but trouble-worn woman. Jackie cannot speak Italian;she must figure out her situation by interpreting looks and gestures passed within this family. It is during a walk with the motherly woman that Jackie discovers a graveyard with the tombstone of a ten-year-old girl—Claudia's daughter. Do the men intend for Jackie to be the dead child's replacement? Obviously, the author knows Italy well. Napoli's book is beautifully crafted, and her fine writing results in a downright chilling story. Do encourage your child or student to read it, but with supervision and a debriefing time afterward. 2001, Dutton Children's Books, $15.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Judy Crowder
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This book is for a wide range of ages because it is easy to read but still exciting. Although I was frustrated by the lack of closure when Claudia sent Jackie off at the end, I realized that her action was not the important issue in the story. Much of Three Days takes place in Jackie's thoughts, and, in my opinion, her thoughts and feelings were resolved in the end, giving the book a satisfying finish. VOYA CODES: 2Q 4P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Dutton, 176p, $15.99. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Deana Rutherford, Teen Reviewer SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
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Gr 4-6-Eleven-year-old Jackie accompanies her father on a business trip to Italy. While driving to their hotel after dinner, he suffers an apparent heart attack but manages to pull over before dying. Nightmarish scenes follow when she is unable to get any help from passing motorists. Finally, a man and his grown son, Francesco, stop and take Jackie to the remote countryside hours away, where they live and force her to stay. Three days pass during which readers experience Jackie's fear, resourcefulness, courage, gradual acceptance of her father's death, and confusion over her fond feelings toward Francesco's sympathetic sister, Claudia. Ultimately, the woman helps Jackie escape by putting her on a train back to her mother. Safety tips are seamlessly incorporated into this action-packed book. Readers will admire Jackie's survival sense. She is observant, analytical, always looking for a way out of this frightening situation. Since her Italian captors speak no English, the first-person, nearly dialogue-free narration makes Jackie's isolation and confusion more immediate. Characterization is more complex than in most kidnapping tales, with the Italian family taking these drastic actions because they are dealing in an irrational way with the recent death of Claudia's daughter. Pair this story with James Duffy's Missing (Scribner's, 1988; o.p.) and Willo Davis Roberts's Hostage (Atheneum, 2000) for a suspenseful reading experience.-B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Eleven-year-old Jackie is enjoying mightily her father-daughter trip to Italy-until her father suffers a heart attack while driving back to their hotel one evening. As if this is not terrifying enough, when a pair of men pull over to help (she thinks), they instead kidnap her and take her to their house in the Calabrian countryside-but why? Once there, Jackie meets Claudia, a kind but mysteriously sad woman who seems to want her to be happy there. Napoli's ("Albert", p. 263, etc.) choice of a first-person, present-tense narration is particularly effective here; it isolates the reader in Jackie's reality just as much as Jackie herself is isolated without recourse in a place where she cannot even understand the language. She emerges as a perfectly ordinary child who wants nothing more than to return home to her mother, but whose desperate need for any security at all within her bizarre circumstances causes her to cling to the only thing that is familiar now, her captors. Jackie's situation is highly compelling, but the narrative motor that drives it is just as highly contrived: it turns out that Claudia has recently lost her own daughter, and the two men, her father and brother, have decided to kidnap Jackie as a replacement. While perhaps emotionally convincing within the terms of the story, it nevertheless strains credulity to the limit in every other way. Still, if readers are sufficiently grabbed by Jackie's ingenuous voice and her remarkable predicament, they may be willing to forgive the contrivance for the experience. "(Fiction. 9-12)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402545832
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for children and young adults includingThe Magic Circle, Zel, and Stones in Water. She has won numerous awards, including the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award for Stones in Water. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    WOW

    this book is the best book i ever read before in my whole life i read like five books a week and this one i just couldnt put down i never read ANYTHING like it

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Three Days is the best book ever! You HAVE to read it!!

    Three days is about a young girl getting kidnapped while seeking help for her father after a car accident. The kidnappers take her to a spanish family where she stays for a while and is taken care of. The family finally trusts her to take a walk by herself down the street to get food from the market. Will she try to escape or not? Read this book and find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    I love this book!

    I was 7, 8 or 9 when I read Three days by Donna Jo Napoli and it has stayed my favourite book since. I read it then I moved and I wanted to read it again. I went to the library and they didn't have it. I was angry and dumb founded. I think it is an awesome book and would highly recommend it to anyone who's up for an adventure and enjoys reading. I have not found it yet but I will do so and when I find it, I will read it again. Again, it is a thrilling, intreging book that will pull any reader into it's grasp and they wont be able to get out until they finish the book. I love this book and I can't get over saying that. Read it and it might be in by one of your favourite other books. Watch out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

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    Three Days review by Jason

    This book is the most interesting book I read for my life.It was a non-stoping action horrer.It was by Donna Jo Napoli and he is a award winning author,It was about a girl named Jackie who is with her Dad in France.She gets aducted by a family with secrets to unlock.She will encounter horror-like secrets and find answers to these qwestions.I would recomend this book to well readers of the ages of 10 to 14 years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Three Days

    An eleven year old girl named Jackie is on a business trip in Italy with her father. While driving back from a restaurant to their hotel, Jackie's father suddenly collapses. Later she is kidnapped by two strange men and spends three suspenseful days imprisoned in a family's home. The book is very descriptive and detailed, but the part I disliked the most about this book is that the events were very repetitive. The paragraph I wrote above is described within the first couple chapters. The rest of the book includes no new plot. I would recomend this book to a younger crowd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    i read this when i was younger...

    I read this when I was younger and I never finished it. I moved and I had to return it. but what I read was great :' Ijust moved to georgia a while ago and I found it, finished it. I love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    There's No Place Like Home

    Three Days by Donna Jo Napoli is a wonderful book! It is about an eleven year old girl named Jackie who goes on a business trip with her dad in Italy. One night while they are driving on the highway Jackie's dad just collapses. She jumps out of the car and starts waving her arms madly. Many cars pass until finally one stops. Jackie gets into the car and wants the driver to turn off at the exit so that she can go get help from the 'polizia.' Instead, the driver and his son take her to their country home. This place turns out to be a hideout. The driver gives her over to Claudia, his daughter. Jackie figures out that the driver has done this because Antonia, Claudia's daughter has died. Jackie tries to escape many times to see if her dad is OK and to get back to her home in Minnesota. The first few times, Claudia seems to help her try to escape. Will Jackie ever get home. You'll have to read the book to find out. Donna Jo Napoli really makes you feel what the characters are feeling. This was such a great book I couldn't put it down. My mom got mad at me because it was bedtime and I just couldn't stop reading. I got mad at her because she wouldn't let me keep on reading! I recommend this book to kids from fifth to seventh grade and to anyone who enjoys suspense stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    Great Book I REALLY Recommend It

    I read the book Three Days. My favorite quote from the book was when Jackie an eleven- year old's dad collapses in a car in Italy. This is my favorite quote because it really made me want to read more to find out how Jackie gets back to her home in the U.S.. Jackie gets picked up by 2 men and they bring her to their house. Jackie then met a women named Claudia that would try to help her escape, but would always get caught. Read the book to find out if Jackie can escape and find her way home. I liked this book because when Jackie's dad collapsed it hooked me in and I wanted to find out if she could get home and how she would get there. This is a good book for you if you like mystery books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    I'm disappointed

    This was a really boring and dumb book! We had a book report on mysteries and it was recomended, but it isn't even a mystery book! It doesn't explain anything about the 'mystery' of the plot! It just goes on and on!Don't read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    Yah right

    ON the cover it says Nightmarish Scenes...yah right!!! THis book is really boring, i just wanted to get done with it so i could could move on to anyohter book...please save yor your time...don't read it :-/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Awesome!!

    This book kept me up untill 1:00 am Just to find out what what happens next! it was awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    Three Days Greatest Book

    I love this book its the greatest book i've ever read.(I've read thousands.) It leaves you in suspence as you turn the page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Wow....

    this book was pretty boring and the only reason i read it is because we had a test on it....boy was it a waste of time... they just kept rambling on and on...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Outstanding

    Great, suspenseful reading. It was a page-turning book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    best book ever

    i would really recomend this book it just wants to make you read more and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003

    Awesome

    I don't really like to read books but when i went to the libary to do a book report i found this so i checked it out i started reading it that night and finished it in 2 days not only it was awsome but i recomend this book to every one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    Three Days is a great book!

    This book is awsome!! I loved it! It kept you so you wanted to finish it! It had to be one of my favorite books. Donna Jo Napoli is one of my favorite authors!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Very good book

    This book was very exciting and makes you want to read more and more. Jackie was bright and independent. I think Claudia was very nice and generous. I would reccomend this book!

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    Posted August 24, 2009

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