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Sarny doesn’t know yet, but Nightjohn’s arrival is about to change everything. For that very night, in exchange for a plug of tobacco, Nightjohn begins to teach Sarny the letters of the alphabet. With enough time and tobacco, she will be able to read. Sarny has gotten as far as the letter J, when Waller catches her tracing the word BAG in the dust on the road. The punishment for teaching someone to read is severe. What will happen if Waller finds out who Sarny’s teacher is? Will her precious gift of learning be lost forever?
Newberry honor-winner, Gary Paulsen, offers a graphically realistic and historically accurate portrayal of slave society in mid-19th century America.
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By T. Perkins on 11-24-14
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I loved this book! Being African American, sometimes it is difficult for me to indure slavery stories beyond a certain point. What occurred during American slavery was appalling and I find myself becoming so depressed I can not finish the story. I love that Paulsen's book includes the hardship of slavery without making the story too unbearable to stomach. It is honest, yet leaves a sliver of purposeful hope for Sarny through her hero of the story, Nightjohn. I look forward to reading more about Sarny as well as other Paulsen books.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Nightjohn, because he sacrificed freedom to give more to others in bondage.
Which character – as performed by Michele-Denise Woods – was your favorite?
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