New York : Delacorte Books,
IL 3-6 RL 4.2
is a slave on a plantation with a very cruel owner. One day, a new slave
arrives. Nightjohn knows how to read and write. Slaves are not allowed
to learn but Nightjohn secretly teaches them the alphabet. Sarny is so
excited about learning that she is not careful practicing her words. She
is caught by her owner who demands to know who taught her how to write.
Nightjohn comes forward and is punished for teaching. He is told never
to teach again. Is this the end of Nightjohn's teaching?
Slavery -- Fiction
Reading -- Fiction
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