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The Slave Dancer
The Slave Dancer
Author: Paula Fox
Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, thirteen-year-old Jessie is thrown aboard a slave ship where he must play his fife so that captured slaves will "dance," and keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. — Jessie is sickened by the horrible practices of the slave business. But they are nothing compared to the one final horror that...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440404026
ISBN-10: 0440404029
Publication Date: 1/1/1991
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the story of a young flute player shanghai'd to 'dance the slaves' on a slaving ship. Very compelling, not great literature but definitely a page-turner, Newberry Medal winner - it's definitely young adult lit, so it's graphic but not salacious, once again I learned about things I wish hadn't happened.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great book. Great for middle school readers, but can be read by adults too.
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A Laurel-Leaf Newbery
Fox has woven a spellbinding tale of suspense and survival that will horrify as well as fascinate readers.
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A wonderful and striking story, places the young reader right in the center of the time of the slave trade, and is shown from several sides. Fascinating and terribly sad.
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Thirteen year old Jessie, thrown aboard a slave ship, must play his fife so captured slaves will dance. What can he do about it? Won a Newbery award.


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