The Slave Dancer Author:Fox, Paula Fox "Take up the pipe, Claudius," a voice growled near Jessie's bound head. "He's worth nothing without his pipe!" — 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," to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable for their owners'... more » use.
Jessie is sickened as he witnesses the horrible practices of the slave trade. But even those horrors can't compare to the one final event awaiting Jessie's witness. Can the cruelty to his fellow human beings be stopped? And will it be too late when it finally does stop?
In a stunning performance by Peter MacNicol, Paula Fox's enduring classic comes magnificently alive, with the seating truth about a period of American history we would otherwise most likely wish to forget.« less
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.
I thought this book was excellent, my first about a slave ship journey. This is supposed to be for young adults but it seems awfully heavy to me for a younger person. Well written with good character development and no effort to hide the atrocities of the slave trade.