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Nightjohn Gary Paulsen

Nightjohn

Gary Paulsen

Published
ISBN : 9780385308380
Hardcover
96 pages
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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 its bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . Thats why they dont want us reading. -- NightjohnI didnt know what letters was,MoreTo know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting its bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . Thats why they dont want us reading. -- NightjohnI didnt know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn.--SarnySarny, 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 Paulsens 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 nations past, brought to light through the personal history of two unforgettable characters.