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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
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The Slave Dancer (original 1973; edition 1990)

by Paula Fox (Author)

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Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (1973)

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Somewhat interesting story told in first-person by a 13yo boy who is "Shanghaied" by the crew of a slave ship. Portions of the tale were a little difficult to follow, possibly due to the author's uneven writing style. ( )
  fuzzi | Oct 20, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Copyright Scott O'Dell ?? ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Newbery Medal 1974. Jessie, 13, is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship bound for Benin to pick up slaves. His job is to play his fife to make the slaves dance. This story shows the horrors of slave ships in graphic detail. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, 13-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.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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Toni Buzzeo (Audiofile, March 1997)
In a tale at once fascinating and horrible, young Jessie suffers capture and indenture on a slave ship. His job is to "dance" the slaves by playing his fife while they're forced to engage in daily movement. Actor Peter MacNicol delivers a powerful reading of this horrific tale. His Captain Cawthorn, terrifying in volume and attitude, creates in the listener the same tension that Jessie feels throughout the journey. Masterfully, MacNicol allows Shipmate Stout's obsequiousness to creep slowly upon the listener while simultaneously revealing the affection behind Shipmate Pervis's defiant gruffness. Packed with emotion, MacNicol's first-person narration in Jessie's voice is moving and believable. Judiciously employed symphonic music and the notes of a lone fife heighten the tension throughout. T.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine 1996 (Orig. 1973), Random House Audio, Four cassetes, 3 hrs., Retail pak, $18.99.
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For Shauneille and Don Ryder and their daughters, Lorraine and Natalie. Wiith thanks to Willard Wallace, Professor of History , Wesleynn University, for reading my manuscript.
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In a hinged wooden box upon the top of which was carved a winged fish, my mother kept the tools of her trade.
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Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

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Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, thirteen-year-old Jessie is thrown aboard a slave ship where he must play his fife while captured slaves dance to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. Jessie is sickened by the horrible practices of the slave businesss. But they are nothing compared to the one final horror that Jessie will witness. Can the cruelty be stopped? And will it be too late when it does?

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