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The Slave Dancer

by Paula Fox
Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slave ship and his job is to play music for the human cargo. A Newbery Medal winner. 196 pages, Ages 10 to 14

Item Number: 660
Category:Contracted Braille in UEB

Price: $18.50
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5The year is 1840. Thirteen year old Jessie Bollier is walking home through the streets of New Orleans when he is kidnapped. The kidnappers put him on a slaver, a boat that goes to Africa to get slaves and bring them to America to be sold. On his journey he sees the horrors of slavery and he is sickened. The book's title comes from Jessie's job: Jessies job is to play his fife so the slaves will dance and get exercise. When they look strong, they can be sold for higher prices. During the journey, to keep the slave ship from being stopped, all but one of the slaves - a young boy named Ras - are thrown into the shark-filled waters. A storm hits and Jessie and Ras hide below. Will the ship sink? Will Jessie and Ras survive? Will Jessie be able to go home? To find out, read this exciting book. My favorite part is when Purvis, an older sailor, befriends Jessie by telling him jokes and giving him hope. I recommend this book to people who like historic fiction and who like exciting but sad stories.


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