Writing is like cooking, if you spill something, you should make it look like part of the act.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Slave Dancer

Author: Paula Fox
Title: The Slave Dancer
Publishing information: Yearling, 1973, 9-12
Number of Pages: 177
Genre: Historical fiction

Summary of Plot: Jesse is kidnapped from the dock in New Orleans, and placed on a slave ship to play his fife. After his ship reaches Africa and the ship is filled with slaves, once day the slaves are brought up one the deck to dance to Jesses’ music. Before the reach America their ship is caught in a storm, the ship goes down with the slaves and the crew, except jesses and slave boy. They reach land and Jesse goes back home and the boy is taken away.
Your Reaction to the book: This was the first book I read in school that made me cried. Reading it later in life I can the contention between the crew better.
Potential Problems: this book is gruesome Fox does not try to cover anything.
Recommendations: if you are interested in history and slave ships, this is a good book to read.

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