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Nightjohn

Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read. Sarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a rope around his neck, his body covered in scars. He had escaped north to freedom, but he came back--came back to teach reading. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Historical fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Paulsen, Gary.
Nightjohn.
New York : Delacorte Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)608090122
Online version:
Paulsen, Gary.
Nightjohn.
New York : Delacorte Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)621992514
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 0385308388 9780385308380
OCLC Number: 25316274
Awards: Winner of Young Hoosier Book Award (Grades 6-8) 1997
Description: 92 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Night John
Responsibility: Gary Paulsen.
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Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read. Sarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a rope around his neck, his body covered in scars. He had escaped north to freedom, but he came back--came back to teach reading. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment Nightjohn still retumed to slavery to teach others how to read. And twelve-year-old Sarny is willing to take the risk to learn. Set in the 1850s, Gary Paulsen's groundbreaking new novel is unlike anything else the award-winning author has written. It is a meticulously researched, historically accurate, and artistically crafted portrayal of a grim time in our nation's past, brought to light through the personal history of two unforgettable characters.

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