Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

By Amy Casassa

Confusing Words and/or Concepts

Interesting Quotes

  • "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let me climb your golden hair" (193).
  • "'The girl's name and the lettuce's name are the same...her name is Rapunzel'" (83).
  • "Finally, he looks at me once more. And now I see his face well. His eyes. His mouth. He holds more misery than I realized a man could feel. And instantly I know what I never wanted to know, what I hate knowing: He is my soulmate -- he loves my Zel" (207).


  1. Did you like the book with different views: the mother's, Konrad, and Zel's?
  2. Did you like the ending with Mother dying, Konrad losing and gaining his sight, Konrad and Zel together, etc.?
  3. Do you prefer this version of Rapunzel or the Disney version?
  4. If you could change the ending, would you?
  5. What did you think about Zel and Mother's relationship?

My Opinion

I enjoyed reading Zel. I thought it was an interesting take on Rapunzel. I thought it was creative that there were different view points in the mother, Konrad, and Zel's point of views. I did not like the way the author ended the novel, however. I wish that it was not so quick to end. To me, the ending seems like it was thrown together when Zel suddenly escapes the tower. I did like how at the end everything comes together with Zel and Konrad.