The Slave Dancer

by Paula Fox
Illustrator Eros Keith

Aladdin | September 16, 2008 | Trade Paperback

is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
One day, thirteen-year-old jessie Bollier is earning pennies playing his fife on the docks of New Orleans; the next, he is kidnapped and thrown aboard a slave ship, where his job is to provide music while shackled slaves "dance" to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. As the endless voyage continues, Jessie grows increasingly sickened by the greed, brutality, and inhumanity of the slave trade, but nothing prepares him for the ultimate horror he will witness before his nightmare ends -- a horror that will change his life forever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971394

ISBN - 13: 9781416971399

Appropriate for ages: 11

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, But Not Great Thirteen-year-old Jessie Bollier is kidnapped by sailors and taken to work upon their ship. Jessie learns that the ship is a slaver and is going to Africa to pick up slaves to take back to Cuba. Jessie's purpose on the ship is to be the 'slave dancer', he will play his flute, while the slaves are made to dance so as to keep their muscles fit. This was an okay book. The first half of the book is an intriguing look at life at sea and the characters are interesting. The second half of the book deals with the slave trade and the horrors of such are not sugar-coated and it is a compelling read. However, the writing just didn't grab me all the much. The characters lacked vitality. It was interesting but not one that will leave a lasting impression. Also, I must say I was not impressed with the illustrations at all. They are full of shadows, lack details and very vague. Ultimately, a good, but not great, book.
Date published: 2008-02-21

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The Slave Dancer

by Paula Fox
Illustrator Eros Keith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Aladdin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416971394

ISBN - 13: 9781416971399

From the Publisher

One day, thirteen-year-old jessie Bollier is earning pennies playing his fife on the docks of New Orleans; the next, he is kidnapped and thrown aboard a slave ship, where his job is to provide music while shackled slaves "dance" to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. As the endless voyage continues, Jessie grows increasingly sickened by the greed, brutality, and inhumanity of the slave trade, but nothing prepares him for the ultimate horror he will witness before his nightmare ends -- a horror that will change his life forever.

About the Author

Paula Fox was born April 22, 1923 in New York City. When she was eight, she moved to a Cuban plantation and stayed for two years. In Cuba, she went to a one-room school with eight other students who ranged in age from six to fourteen. Fox attended nine schools before she was twelve. She spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Fox didn't start writing until she started a job teaching troubled children. Before that she worked in a wide variety of jobs. At sixteen, she was reading books for Warner Brothers, including Spanish novels. She was also a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, and lastly a lathe operator at the Bethlehem Steel during World War II. She wrote her first adult novel, Poor George, while she was living in Greece with her family followed by Maurice's Room, her first children's book. Fox has written 23 books for children, six novels for adults and is best known for her children's books, such as The Slave Dancer, which earned her a Newbery Medal and a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984.

Editorial Reviews

"Movingly and realistically presents one of the most gruesome chapters of history." -- Booklist, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 11