The Slave Dancer
The Slave Dancer

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Annotation: Spellbinding novel of suspense and survival as young Jessie, a musician, is hired to play for the slaves aboard a ship bound for America.
Catalog Number: #274175
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 1973
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 177 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-416-97139-4 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-2287-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-416-97139-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-2287-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 73080642
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Slave trade. Fiction.
Language: English
Word Count: 40,176
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 82 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q10518
Lexile: 910L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

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.


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