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Nightjohn
Contributor(s): Paulsen, Gary (Author)

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ISBN: 0440219361     ISBN-13: 9780440219361
Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
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Binding Type: Mass Market Paperbound - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 1995
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Annotation: "To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . That's why they don't want us reading." --"Nightjohn


"I didn't know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn." -- Sarny


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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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - African American
- Young Adult Fiction | Historical - United States - 19th Century
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 92001222
Age Level: 12-UP
Grade Level: 7-UP
Lexile Measure: 630(Not Available)
Series: Sarny
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 4.1" W x 6.6" (0.15 lbs) 112 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 19th Century
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Young Hoosier Book Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 1997
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 9993
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
 
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" To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . That's why they don't want us reading." --"Nightjohn"


" I didn't know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn." -- Sarny


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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