Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli

Don Giovanni thought he had everything, but a flood showed just how wrong he was. With nothing but the clothes on his back, he wanders Sicily, looking for a kind soul to take pity on him.

Then a gentleman appears one day, with a wager too good to be true. All Don Giovanni has to do is not bathe, cut his hair, change his clothes, or shave his beard for three years, three months, and three days. He can have all the money he wants until that time is up. If he fails, the devil gets his soul.

What he finds is staying dirty isn't easy. But with his wealth he has a chance to do some good. And hopefully keep his head about him until he wins the wager.

Interesting and pretty easy to read. Not sure how much teens will actually pick up this book--it doesn't feel like it was written with teens in mind. However, it is based on actual folklore.

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