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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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen | 9780440219361 | Paperback

Editorial Reviews From the Publisher "Nightjohn should be required reading (and discussing) for all middle grade and high school students." —School Library Journal

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen | Scholastic

In this gripping portrait of what it was like to be a slave in pre-Civil War America, Sarny is a 12-year-old girl who learns to read and write from Nightjohn, an

Book Review for: Nightjohn - Charlotte Mecklenburg

Request from Library. Email this review to a friend. Paulsen, Gary(1993) Nightjohn Young Adult. Sarny lives on the Waller plantation. One day a slave named Nightjohn

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen — Reviews, Discussion,

Snapshot: Nightjohn is a story about a slave named John and a twelve year old girl named Sarny. Nightjohn is an unusual slave for he knows how to read and he knows

Sarny | Scholastic

This book continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl Nightjohn taught to read. It shows her life through the aftermath of the Civil War during which time she

Stealing Freedom - Penguin Random House

TEACHERS GUIDE ABOUT THIS BOOK Ann Marie Weems, the main character in Stealing Freedom, is born a slave on a small Maryland farm where her family lives …

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