The Slave Dancer Author:Paula Fox Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, thirteen-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. — Jessie is sickened by the horrible practices of the slave business. But they are nothing compared to the one final horror that... more » Jessie will witness. Can the cruelty be stopped? And will it be too late when it does?« less
This is the story of a young flute player shanghai'd to 'dance the slaves' on a slaving ship. Very compelling, not great literature but definitely a page-turner, Newberry Medal winner - it's definitely young adult lit, so it's graphic but not salacious, once again I learned about things I wish hadn't happened.
I really liked the history and details in this book, shows a great relationship between men how they adapt to situations. Great historical read about something we don't really know all that much about.
I thought this book was excellent, my first about a slave ship journey. This is supposed to be for young adults but it seems awfully heavy to me for a younger person. Well written with good character development and no effort to hide the atrocities of the slave trade.