Donna Jo Napoli has traveled extensively with her children and has often imagined what would happen if disaster struck her family while abroad. Out of love and respect for her Italian ancestry, she chose to locate her novel in a remote area of Calabria, the home of her mother's family. Ms. Napoli has written numerous books for young people, including Zel, The Magic Circle, Spinners, and Stones in Water-winner of the Golden Kite Award and The Sydney Taylor Book Award for fiction. Ms. Napoli is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her family.Napoli, Donna Jo is the author of 'Three Days', published 2003 under ISBN 9780142500255 and ISBN 0142500259.