I found it emotional and moving at certain periods. Learning is the Key to the Future But she still wants desperately to learn, especially when she goes to Nightjohn's makeshift school and looks at the words and pictures in a catalog. This discrimination shouldn't still exist today. Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. Readers will get an inside view of what really happened in the life of a plantation slave. This story tells one girl's nightmare of living on a slavery plantation.
The dogs attack them like they are a piece of steak, to the point of being eaten alive. The time of slavery was a dark and horrible time. Overall the read was very short and I feel like some of the characters were a bit underdeveloped because of the length. Nightjohn is an unusual slave for he knows how to read and he knows that they are bound by the words the white masters write on paper. I'm reading my bookshelves in preparation of the purge. We also learn that Sarny is sharp and observant.
Sarny's ability to read ends up getting her in trouble by her master. The book was an easy read but compact with a lot of information and facts on how slaves were treated and misused for nothing more than animals. But it is important to know about this shameful piece of American history and the people who suffered through it. Yes, in today's world, there is still racism and rampant unfairness as it relates to the color of one's skin. Sarny is a slave girl who meets NightJohn when he is bought by their white owner, Waller. The way Paulsen described the severe treatments and living conditions of the black plantation workers sent chills down my spine and set a rage deep in my heart.
When he arrives at the Waller plantation, he is naked and chained. For a bit of tabacco John teaches Sarny how to read. Level: Easy; 6th-10th grade For lower grades I would use it as the main book and for higher grades as an introduction to a unit, etc. Until the arrival of a man named John. Paulsen does an extraordinary job of telling the slave's experience through a child's voice. I definitely enjoyed reading it.
A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his stories. I eventually got the hang of it though. Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. A Male Slave Like Nightjohn His name comes from the fact that he must teach at night, in the dark, because educating slaves is forbidden. Some of them weren't even aware of the existence of letters.
. There are two reasons I did not give this book five stars. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment Nightjohn still retumed to slavery to teach others how to read. Many kids already know this based on their personal experiences and observations. When Nightjohn comes to the plantation, he begins to teach Sarny at night - at first for a trade of some tobacco. Our narrator is a twelve-year-old slave named Sarny, who is bound to a plantation in the South.
Based on the novel by Gary Paulsen. It is too much for Nightjohn to bear, and he confesses. It has been my regular reading experience to find the best reading in smaller texts. Nightjohn deals with gender, rape and sexual abuse, religion, education, hope, mental illness, sacrifice, bravery, survival, and family. Yes, in today's world, there is still racism and rampant unfairness as it relates to the color of one's skin.
It's because she was from a time period where slaves couldn't read or write very well, but it made it a little difficult to read, especially in the beginning when I wasn't used to it. He is put to work immediately upon arrival, and Sarny wonders what his story is. I say this because it is a very powerful book and it explicitly tells me what my ancestors and others went through during slavery. Nightjohn sums up the urgency for the enslaved people to learn when he says, ''They have to read and write. Narrator Sarny exposes the abuse.
Mammy is the rock of strength for all the slaves, and takes care of their needs as best she can. Set in the 1850s, Gary Paulsen's groundbreaking new novel is unlike anything else the award-winning author has written. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. I think me watching the movie also influences my judgement Genre: realistic fiction Tags: history, slavery, african-american, troubled times,etc. These are things she, and all the people who are not free, want to know about and work for. Vicious dogs are set on slaves who try to run away. I did like all of the detail, but the way it was written messed with me at first.