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The Slave Dancer

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9781416971399 The Slave Dancer
Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9781416971399 The Slave Dancer

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC

Thirteen-year-old Jessie Bollier earns a few pennies playing his fife on the docks of New Orleans. One night, on his way home, a canvas is thrown over his head and he’s knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, Jessie finds himself aboard a slave ship, bound for Africa. There, the Moonlight picks up ninety-eight black prisoners, and the men, women, and children, chained hand and foot, are methodically crammed into the ship’s hold. Jessie’s job is to provide music for the slaves to dance to on the ship’s deck—not for amusement but for exercise, as a way to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable.

Over the course of the long voyage, Jessie grows more and more sickened by the greed of the sailors and the cruelty with which the slaves are treated. But it’s one final horror, when the Moonlight nears her destination, that will change Jessie forever.

Set during the middle of the nineteenth century, when the illegal slave trade was at its height, The Slave Dancer not only tells a vivid and shocking story of adventure and survival but depicts the brutality of slavery with unflinching historical accuracy.

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Item Details

New
Paperback
Paula Fox
Simon and Schuster
2008-09-16
1416971394
9781416971399
1562164017322x744719914009100300
Yes (black/red mark on bottom edge of pages)