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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, Inc.

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Gr. 6-8. Jackie is 11, and the first chapter in this page-turner is an evocation of her responses to being on a business trip in Italy with her dad: the lovely strangeness of it, and how she joyfully responds to the differences. But when her father collapses on a remote road while they are driving, Jackie's terror grows as two men, a father and son, pick her up, leave her father, and toss her passport. They take her to a house near the sea, where a woman with sad eyes cares for her. We are inside Jackie's head through all of this: she understands no Italian, and her conflicting responses of loneliness, fear, and sudden moments of pleasure over a ripe tomato or a songbird, make a tangle. But she reads her captors well, and learns their sorrow even as she figures out her own. A taut thriller that races to its complex conclusion. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Three Days by: Donna Jo Napoli is a great book.I would reccemend this book to anyone who likes adventure and suspence.I like the way she describes how the problems are solved and how the setting of the book looks like and every tenee tiny detail of what is happening to Jackie in the book.I think that anyone who reads this book will think the same thing about the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book Three Days by Donna Jo Napoli is a breath taker.
It shows you how your life could change enormously in 1 second.
Three Days is a story but it seems like a true account and as you
can tell it is an adventure book. In this book you can never know
what is going to happen next.
Three Days is a very strong book. There are so many
strengths. This is one of the reasons that I recommend Three Days.
This story is about an 11 year old girl named Jackie Holt who
went to Italy with her father. One night they were driving to their
hotel when all the sudden Jackie's dad collapses. I think this is
the strongest point in the book. Jackie gets scared. Jackie's dad
pulls the car to the side of the highway. The car still going fast
bounces over the rough ground. Jackie tries to get cars to stop
in every way she can think of. Then two Italian men picked her up
but instead of going to the police they took her to their home. She
meets a nice woman whose actions comfort Jackie.
Donna Jo Napoli did an excellent job on writing this book
and I hope to read more books that she has written.
I recommend this book because it has no weaknesses and
it is a great book. This book is for readers age 9-15. When you read
Three Days it is one of those books that gives you a tingle and
keeps your interest from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Lewis on October 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
A thrilling story of eleven year old Jackie who is travelling on a business tour of Itally with her father. Her father suddenly has a fatal heart attack and she finds herself stranded on the side of the road, with the realization that her father is dead and she is all alone in a foreign country, with no one to help her. At last a car with two Italian men, a father and son, stop. They take her into their car and leave her father which she doesn't understand. They throw her passport into the river and take her to a house in a remote area of the country. At the house an Italian woman takes care of Jackie. No one at the house speaks English and Jackie doesn't speak Italian. Although desperate and determined to escape Jackie finds herself feeling compassion for her kidnappers.
This is a thrilling book that will keep you in suspense until the very end!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I think Three Days is a very scary, suspenseful, and a really shocking book. Jackie,an 11-year-old girl from Minnesota, goes on a business trip with her father to Italy. The night after they arrive, Jackie's father collapsed at the wheel of their rental car and eventually dies leaving Jackie all alone in the middle of the highway in a foreign country. She starts to panic, unsure of what to do or what is happening. Jackie figures out a plan. She starts running,screaming,and starts waving her hands for attention or help...but no one can hear her. Two men in a white, old car come to help Jackie, so she thinks. The men and Jackie drive past the hospital and stop at a river to throw all Jackie's identity that she was with her father. Eventually, they end up at the men's home. There was a lady standing outside this creepy old house drying their clothes.Her name is Claudia. Claudia does not think this is a good idea from what she is seeing. But Jackie runs into another problem. They do not speak English and Jackie doesn't speak Italian! The rest of this story revolves around Claudia helping Jackie escpape, or will she escape this nightmare? Read this very suspensful book to find out!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Three days was a very detailed book. It made me feel as if I was in Italy with Jakie and her father. At first the 12 year old American Jakie trip was great and then soon after a business meeting with her fathers employees, Jakie and her father are on their way back to there hotel. Then all of the sudden Jakies father collapses behind the wheel of their rented suv.Jakie gets out of the car and is screaming at the cars that go by on the long highway. A car finally stops but not to help her or her dad. If you want to find out what happens to Jakie and her father then read this great supenseful book. I give it 3.5 stars cause I did not like the ending it left you hanging.I would recommend this book to people who like endings that leave you wondering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Three Days is a good book overall. Some of the reasons that I liked Three Days was the setting and the plot. The reason that the setting was so good was that it took place in Italy and in a mysterious cabin. The plot was about a girl and her father going on vacation to Italy. But when things go terribly wrong and her father goes unconcious, two men take her to a mysterious cabin. She also meets another girl there who could have been taken like her or has been living there all her life. But to find out the rest of the story you will have to read the book. Some of the stuff that I did not like were the slow parts like the entire car ride to the cabin. I would definitely recomend this book to anyone who likes mysterious and suspenseful books.
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