The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox audiobook

The Slave Dancer

By Paula Fox
Read by Peter MacNicol

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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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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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Author Bio: Paula Fox

Author Bio: Paula Fox

Paula Fox was born in New York City in 1923. Her mother rejected her at birth and she was rescued from an orphanage by her grandmother, who raised her around Florida, Cuba, and other parts of the United States. She attended Columbia University, and worked as a teacher and tutor until starting a career as a writer in her forties. For her work, she won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978, the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer; a 1983 National Book Award in Children’s Fiction for A Place Apart; and the 2008 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Portrait of Ivan in its German-language edition, Ein Bild von Ivan. In 2011 Fox was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.04
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English