The Slave Dancer
Title: The Slave Dancer
Author: Paula Fox
NEWBERY TEEN FOX
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
This powerful story of slavery tells the tale of 13-year-old Jesse, snatched from the docks of New Orleans and thrown aboard a slave ship to play his fife so the captured slaves will dance and keep their muscles strong. Jesse yearns for an end to the horrors, but one final horror awaits him. 1974 Newbery Medal.