The Slave Dancer is a children's book written by Paula Fox and published in 1973. It tells about the story of a boy who witnessed how grave the slave industry and trade was. The book not only does entail historical account, it also touches the emotional conflicts felt as slaves were transferred from Africa to other parts of the world. It received the Newbery Medal in 1974. Paula Fox (born April 22, 1923) is an American author. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... Paula Fox (born April 22, 1923) is an American author. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...
At the beginning of the book, a true historical account of a shipwreck was presented by the author which probably served as the baseline of the whole plot of the story.
The first page tells that there was a certain ship named The Moonlight which sank in the Gulf of Mexico, June 3, 1840. The officers of the ship were named as Captain Cawthorne-the master and Nicholas Spark as the Mate. The crew were enumerated as follows: Jessie Bollier, John Cooley, Adolph Curry, Louis Gardere, Ned Grime, Isaac Porter, Clay Purvis, Claudius Sharkey, Seth Smith, Benjamin Stout and Sam Wick. The cargo included 98 slaves coming from Africa whose names were only known by their families except for the boy named Ras. It was stated that there were only 2 survivors among the persons mentioned.
The story started with an errand given to Jessie, the main character of the novel, by her mother. Jessie's mother is a sewer and since they were a family poorer than a rat, he was sent to go to Aunt Agatha to borrow some candles because their oil lamps were out of gas. Jessie's father drowned at the Mississippi river when he was just four.
Categories: 1973 novels | Children's novels | Newbery Medal winners (book) | Children's novel stubs-1... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... See also: 1973 in literature, other events of 1974, 1975 in literature, list of years in literature. ... M. C. Higgins, the Great is a book by Virginia Hamilton that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American childrens literature in 1975. ...
I found The SlaveDancer, by Paula Fox, to be a very commendable historical fiction.
The SlaveDancer was a difficult book to get into, but it soon captured my interest and turned into an excellent, yet emotional, piece of literature.
He was slowly, throughout the story, transformed from an innocent young boy, captured and taken aboard a slave ship to play his fife to "dance the slaves", into a man who realizes the true meaning of friendship, life, survival, hardships, and love.
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