Skip to main content
PBS logo
Want fewer ads?

Search - Slave Dancer

Slave Dancer
Slave Dancer
Author: Paula Fox
"Take up the pipe, Claudius," a voice growled near Jessie's bound head. "He's worth nothing without his pipe!" — Snatched from the docks of New Orleans, thirteen-year-old Jessie is thrown aboard a slave ship where he must play his fife so that captured slaves will "dance," to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable for their owners'...  more »
Info icon
ISBN-13: 9780553476965
ISBN-10: 0553476963
Publication Date: 7/1/1996
Edition: Unabridged
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Listening Library
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

reviewed Slave Dancer on + 132 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is the story of a young flute player shanghai'd to 'dance the slaves' on a slaving ship. Very compelling, not great literature but definitely a page-turner, Newberry Medal winner - it's definitely young adult lit, so it's graphic but not salacious, once again I learned about things I wish hadn't happened.
reviewed Slave Dancer on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A great book. Great for middle school readers, but can be read by adults too.
reviewed Slave Dancer on + 552 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A Laurel-Leaf Newbery
Fox has woven a spellbinding tale of suspense and survival that will horrify as well as fascinate readers.
Read All 10 Book Reviews of "Slave Dancer"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

Ariadnae avatar reviewed Slave Dancer on + 356 more book reviews
A wonderful and striking story, places the young reader right in the center of the time of the slave trade, and is shown from several sides. Fascinating and terribly sad.
reviewed Slave Dancer on + 45 more book reviews
Thirteen year old Jessie, thrown aboard a slave ship, must play his fife so captured slaves will dance. What can he do about it? Won a Newbery award.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed Slave Dancer on + 1687 more book reviews
I really liked the history and details in this book, shows a great relationship between men how they adapt to situations. Great historical read about something we don't really know all that much about.
reviewed Slave Dancer on + 628 more book reviews
I thought this book was excellent, my first about a slave ship journey. This is supposed to be for young adults but it seems awfully heavy to me for a younger person. Well written with good character development and no effort to hide the atrocities of the slave trade.


Want fewer ads?