Nightjohn

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Product Number: 3L422
Released: Jan 31, 2008
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ISBN: #9781428162037
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Life on the Waller plantation is harsh and bleak. Twelve-year-old Sarny knows that it won't be long before she will be forced to leave Mammy and join the other young women who serve the master's household as breeders. Then one day a new slave arrives, bought from an overseer for a thousand dollars. He comes in a bad way, walking in front of the horses and Waller's ready whip. His back is covered with scars as thick as Sarny's hand, but he holds his head high and doesn't seem to mind that everyone is watching him. 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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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Series: Sarny Series No: 1

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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number C1458
Released: Jul 05, 2001
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ISBN: #9780788795237
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SteadyReader
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number C7083
Released: Nov 08, 2007
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ISBN: #9781428159570
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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number Z00515
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449878450
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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
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Product Number EB00160870
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: #9780307804228
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Homework Pack
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number 3A532
Released: May 03, 2004
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ISBN: #9781402592140
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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number 3K532
Released: May 13, 2004
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ISBN: #9781402592157
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SteadyReader Homework Pack
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number 3B422
Released: Sep 14, 2007
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ISBN: #9781428162020
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SteadyReader Hanging Bag
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Narrator(s): Michele-Denise Woods
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Product Number 3C973
Released: Jun 01, 1993
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ISBN: #9781428162044
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
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Product Number 43222
Released: Jan 17, 2000
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ISBN: #9780788757181
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Author(s): Gary Paulsen
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Product Number 12054
Released: Jan 14, 2000
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Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: #9780440219361

Professional reviews

"Through the first-person narrative of Sarni, a twelve-year-old slave in the 1850's, we learn the terrifying risk of learning--even letters or numbers. Nightjohn, another slave comes to the plantation with a mission--teaching the way to know. As a choice for audio, Nightjohn is excellent--though a caution to listeners of the story's brutal and graphic cruelty. The narrative is vivid, bold and exquisitely read by Woods. Her voice is lyrical, beautifully capturing the images and emotions. Her voice has a slight breathless quality which is perfect to capture the young girl's excitement and fear. The cadence of the reading makes subtle shifts and the dialogue, in dialect, is clear. This is an exceptional piece of oral history. The performance and text are profoundly moving. R.F.W. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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