The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer

For Ages: 10 - 14
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.
  • Aladdin | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416971399 | 
  • September 2008 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9

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