The Slave Dancer
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The cover of the first edition of the book, published in 1973
|Cover artist||Eros Keith|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.F838 Sl|
The Slave Dancer is a children's book written by Paula Fox and published in 1973. It tells the story of a boy called Jessie Bollier who witnessed first-hand the savagery of the African slave trade. The book not only includes an historical account, but it also touches upon the emotional conflicts felt by those involved in transporting the slaves from Africa to other parts of the world. The book received the Newbery Medal in 1974.
The Slave Dancer tells the story of a thirteen year old boy named Jesse Ollier. He gets captured at his home in New Orleans and taken to an American ship where he is forced to play his pipe so the other slaves can dance and keep their physical strength.
Paula Fox expresses that for her The Slave Dancer was the most difficult book she has written so far. Being her first historical book she had difficulty trying to be the most accurate with historical events and the descriptions of the time.
- Carr, Jo. "Audiobooks For The Road." Horn Book Magazine 70.4 (1994): 436-438. Academic Search Complete. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.
- , WENDY S. "A 'Slave Dancer' Born in Brooklyn." New York Times (1923-Current file): 84. Feb 03 1974. ProQuest. Web. 13 Jan. 2016 .
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