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The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer

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ISBN 9780333260081
Published 1 April 1979 by Macmillan Education
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Fox, Paula
Series M-Books
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ISBN-13 9780333260081
ISBN-10 0333260082
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Macmillan Education
Imprint Macmillan Education
Publication Date 1 April 1979
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Fox, Paula
Series M-Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 190mm
Weight 260g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Children's stories
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;College/higher education
Dewey Code 823.91
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Awards Winner of John Newbery Medal 1974
US Review It's almost as if Paula Fox, in a twist on Stevenson's Treasure Island bet, had accepted a challenge to write a traditional sea story straight and make it live; why else would this gifted observer of today's desperate characters create a thirteen year-old pre-Civil War New Orleans boy who is impressed on a slave ship, a mangy crew (including the usual rough but decent protector, syrupy but treacherous tormentor, and dramatically capricious captain), and a journey's-end chase and storm and shipwreck that leaves only the boy, Jessie, and a slave his age alive to swim companionlike to shore and safety? It must be admitted though that she meets the challenge brilliantly; each of the sailors is sharply individualized, the inhuman treatment of the captives is conveyed straight to the nose and stomach rather than the bleeding heart, and the scenes in which Jessie is forced to play his fife to dance the slaves for their morning exercise become a haunting, focusing image for the whole bizarre undertaking. (Kirkus Reviews)

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