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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Fox Narrator: Peter MacNicol Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jessie Bollier often played his fife to earn a few pennies down by the New Orleans docks. One afternoon a sailor asked him to pipe a tune, and that evening Jessie was kidnapped and dumped aboard The Moonlight, a slave ship, where a hateful duty awaited him. He was to play music so the slaves could "dance" to keep their muscles strong, their bodies profitable. Jessie was sickened by the thought of taking part in the business of trading rum and tobacco for blacks and then selling the ones who survived the frightful sea voyage from Africa. But to the men of the ship a "slave dancer" was necessary to ensure their share of the profit. They did not heed the horrors that every day grew more vivid, more inescapable to Jessie. Yet , even after four months of fear, calculated torture, and hazardous sailing with a degraded crew, Jessie was to face a final horror that would stay with him for the rest of his life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lyd Stew | 2/19/2014

    " I just finished this one today and I thought it was awesome! Such an amazing historical depiction of the slave trade, but tastefully done through a young boys eyes. Loved how the ending was handled- just enough info. There were times I was a little lost- like for a while I couldn't figure out why the boy couldn't stand Ben Stout- just some unclear moments. But thought it was masterfully done on the whole-- "kid-friendly" portion of "Roots". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin | 1/31/2014

    " I specifically remember buying this book at the Tattered Cover in Denver with my allowance after our teacher read it aloud to us in 5th grade. It wasn't as good as I remembered, but not as fucked up as I thought it might be either, what with the track record of Newberry winners by white people about people of color such as Sign of the Beaver or Island of the Blue Dolphins. It was brutally realistic up to a point, but then trailed off into unrealistic-land, with our main character conveniently being saved by very settled yet undiscovered runaway slave and making friends with one of the formerly captive slaves after they survive a shipwreck. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by La-Shanda | 1/29/2014

    " Although a good read, there are some inappropiate language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison Lake | 1/21/2014

    " This was a challenging book to read because it's brutally honest about the horrors of the slave trade. It's actually amazing to me that it's considered a "young adult" book because it's incredibly sad at times and very disturbing. It's so hard to comprehend the terror slaves felt when they were taken from their country and brought to another to live lives of misery. The story is from the perspective of a young boy from New Orleans who is kidnapped and forced to play music on a slave ship in order to keep the slaves fit and ready to sell. The language is accurate, but inappropriate for young audiences (in my opinion). This book represents very skillful writing and storytelling, but a very sad and upsetting topic. "

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