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Nightjohn 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

  • Title: Nightjohn
  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • ISBN: 9780440219361
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 SarnySarny, a female slave at the Wall 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 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 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.

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    About "Gary Paulsen"

    1. Gary Paulsen

      Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age After a librarian gave him a book to read along with his own library card he was hooked He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor and two rounds of the 1,180 mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod have provided ample material from which he creates his stories.Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.

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    1. Gary Paulsen, best known for his wilderness survival novels, showcases a different kind of survival in the short book Nightjohn.Our narrator is a twelve year old slave named Sarny, who is bound to a plantation in the South We have no way of figuring how close the story is to the outbreak of the Civil War we are only told that slavery has been outlawed in the North Sarny has never seen a successful escape from her plantation and believes that the entire North might well be a mythical place.Until [...]


    2. For such a short book, this story packs a powerful punch Yes, in today s world, there is still racism and rampant unfairness as it relates to the color of one s skin Many kids already know this based on their personal experiences and observations While today s world still needs some fixing, this story will shock students into the even uglier realities kids and adults of color faced during a time in which slavery was perfectly legal This story tells one girl s nightmare of living on a slavery pla [...]



    3. Gary Paulsen s Nightjohn gives readers a black and white look at the extreme cruelty and racial discriminatory of the 1850 s The vivid description of the hardships of the slaves on the Waller plantation was a real eye opener The way Paulsen described the severe treatments and living conditions of the black plantation workers sent chills down my spine and set a rage deep in my heart However, the actions of an unusual character provided a ray of hope into not just the other slaves but also the rea [...]


    4. This is one of those books where you think, Why is this marketed to children and have to remind yourself that if children suffered through it, others can learn about it.Twelve year old Sarny is a slave, and the white man who owns her and the others is callous and brutal Paulsen doesn t gloss over anything, whether separation of families, the use of breeders or the casual whippings and maltreatment that was handed out at the time He packs a lot into those 112 pages as Sarny begins the most forbid [...]


    5. I really liked this book, even though it was short, it had a lot of meaning and taught you what your experiences s would have been like and how you would have lived Good Read


    6. 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 that they are bound by the words the white masters write on paper One day John arrives to a new plantation and his new master tries to subdue him with no avail Sarny observes this beautiful black man and immediately realizes that he is different For a bit of tabacco John teaches Sarny how to read Hook Nightjohn will interest students be [...]


    7. Genre realistic fictionTags history, slavery, african american, troubled times,etc.My review I have read this book many times before and it has never gotten boring or old to me Even though I enjoy it very much, I will give it 4.5 out 5 stars in ratings I say this because it is a very powerful book and it explicitly tells me what my ancestors and others went through during slavery I found it emotional and moving at certain periods I think me watching the movie also influences my judgement of it b [...]


    8. The slavery population in our American history suffered tremendous abuse The story NightJohn written by Gary Paulsen was based on a true story and actually happened during a dark and horrifying time in our American culture Although Paulsen was vague on dates and details, he did a good job of letting us know that the story s backdrop setting was far too common in the south during the time of slavery The book was an easy read but compact with a lot of information and facts on how slaves were treat [...]


    9. Nightjohn by Gary Paulson was an interesting read This book challenged my thoughts and made me think about racism today Although often invisible to some, it s still alive and kicking Seen not only on TV and interviews, it also happens right under our noses Recently, studies have shown that police violence is aimed at people of color than at others This discrimination shouldn t still exist today.Back to the book Overall the read was very short and I feel like some of the characters were a bit un [...]


    10. There are two reasons I did not give this book five stars While I liked the characters and storyline, it was a bit too gory for me Since this book is about slavery, there are a lot of scenes about the disobeying slaves getting whipped and worse things The author describes these things so vividly that I cringed when I read it Also, the main character who narrates the story, Sarny, has bad grammar It s because she was from a time period where slaves couldn t read or write very well, but it made it [...]


    11. Nightjohn was a short and easy book for me to read I did like all of the detail, but the way it was written messed with me at first I eventually got the hang of it though I definitely enjoyed reading it This book is about a slave named Sarny, and she has always wondered what it was like to read Until Nightjohn came along He was willing to teach Sarny, even if it means sacrificing his life The only reason I didn t give this book a 5 star is because it was a little too gory for me but other than t [...]


    12. Nightjohn is a book that gives readers a whole new view on slavery Readers will get an inside view of what really happened in the life of a plantation slave They will hear about the endless beatings, the harassment, and cruelty that these people suffered simply because of the country they came from and the color of their skin Nightjohn is a startling wake up call that you simply can t hit snooze on.


    13. This book really shows how it was like for slaves back then, and how threatening reading and writing was for the slave drivers.


    14. Wow I was not expecting this level of violence or visceral reality in a book that is designed for adolescents, not that I am complaining, exactly But I was unprepared, going in Like, American Psycho level descriptions of torn flesh and sadism It was the reality of slavery and I think that it is an amazing book But, it s horrifying and tragic.


    15. A well written book about what slavery was really like all shown from the point of view of a young girl.


    16. Nightjohn is a story of a young 12 year old girl, Sarny, under 19th century slavery The reader learns early in the novel that her birth mother was sold when she was 4 years old She was raised by mammy, another slave whose job it was to care for all the young children Sarny guesses she is 12 by marks on the wall mammy has made to measure all the youth in her care She begins to worry about troubles and the possibility she will soon be used as a breeder She is surrounded by tremendous pain, and as [...]


    17. This book has a great story line and is a real eye opener It would be a good book to read to upper middle school students who were learning about the history of slavery This book does go into some strong detail of how slaves were treated and what they went through Nightjohn and Sarny are the main characters of this book, and this book focuses on twelve year old Sarny learning how to read from Nightjohn, a once freed slave.


    18. When Sarny was a very young child her mother was sold into slavery right before her eyes, a very important memory one that she can t seem to recall Since then, Sarny has grown, she loves to learn and she is given an opportunity when a slave named Nightjohn starts to teach her to read and write in trade for some tobacco By gaining this knowledge,she is breaking a law that could get her killed But for Sary any price, even death is one she is willing to pay to learn how to read Though Gary Paulsen [...]


    19. _Nightjohn_ by Gary Paulsen 1993 Below is a copy of my post about this book at my group Sometimes I see a movie and learn later that it was adapted from a book For example, last night I streamed the movie, Nightjohn 1996 , from Netflix and now I see that is was adapted from Gary Paulsen s young adult book, Nightjohn.At the book s page, Publishers Weekly says Among the most powerful of Paulsen s works this impeccably researched novel sheds light on cruel truths in American history as it traces th [...]


    20. This book was a great insight into just how brutal the life of a slave was during the time period Sarny is a young slave girl on a plantation who lives and works for the master She lives an unfulfilling life with the rest of the slaves until a new slave arrives to the plantation He arrives in shackles with scars all along his back and is put immediately to work in the fields Sarny becomes quickly intrigued and seeks out his friendship one night She trades a tobacco leaf to learn what letters are [...]


    21. One of Gary Paulsen s best selling books, Nightjohn, puts a huge impact on people around the world The perspective of the book is from a 12 year old slave named Sarny She gives an inside look on how it feels to be a slave with very detailed description and traumatic events John is an unusual slave who knows how to read and write Nightjohn is a valuable book because through all the agony and pain that the slaves go through, it makes you appreciate literacy I agree with the author s perspective be [...]


    22. I m reading my bookshelves in preparation of the purge Thought I d begin with something small and picked up Nightjohn.It has been my regular reading experience to find the best reading in smaller texts Ayn Rand was at her best in Anthem Both Animal Farm and 1984 are brief, yet pack a punch Sarny lives in slavery and is, therefore, forbidden the knowledge of reading and writing Nightjohn possesses this taboo knowledge, and insists that others in servitude should possess it as well, even though th [...]


    23. See raamat on olnud minu tahan lugeda nimekirjas, sest otsides netist teismelistele lugemiseks sobivate raamatute nimekirju, kordub see raamat erinevates nimekirjades Mind huvitaski, mis on selle ime hukse raamatu fenomen.Tegemist siis neegerorjadega 19 sajandi Ameerikas Nightjohni nimeline neegerori on paaril korral p genema p senud, kuid ta tuleb ikka tagasi, sest tahab neegrilastele kirjatarkust petada Raamatu peategelaseks ongi v ike neegrit druk Sarny, kellele Nightjohn t hti petab Sarny sa [...]


    24. I read this book when I was in middle school and did not really understand it until I just finished it as a college sopho At first the wording was a little tricky to understand, but as I got in depth into the book and started picking up on how Gary Paulsen was trying to write it, it all began to click.It only took me 45 minutes to read, but I enjoyed every second of it When I first began reading the book I though the main character was a little boy, but as I continued, I found out it was a girl [...]


    25. NIghtjohn is set during the civil war era It is told by a African American slave named Sarny Sarny first sees Nightjohn when he is brought into the plantation bound in chains and covered in scars She learns that he had escaped to the North and was free but choose to come back to teach other slaves how to read John teaches Sarny the first ten letters of the alphabet until she is caught writing them in the sand John is punished by having two of his toes cut off after a few days John has recovered [...]


    26. I would place this book in the historical nonfiction genre The inside flap says that while specific names and places are changed the events are true.This is a touching story about a freed slave who willingly goes into slave territory to teach reading and writing His name is John and he comes at night Paulsen does not shy away from the horrors of slavery It is real and sad, but also hopeful and inspirational The narrator is a young girl named Sarney and she is the first on her plantation to begin [...]


    27. I don t know if I could say I liked this book, simply because I know the author didn t want you to enjoy reading it It was a painful book, but an eye opening one It is very short My English class read it together as part of our civil rights unit It s the story of a young slave girl who is being taught to read by another slave, even though they could be cruelly punished for what they are doing The story was one about bravery and the power of words It was sad, but good.


    28. The book Nightjohn that was written by Gary Paulsen It was a Historical fiction book and it talked about how things where back then It was very detailed and a little book My favorite characters were Sarny, Mammy, Waller and Nightjohn Sarny was the main character and she learned how to read from Nightjohn It s against the law to read and write for blacks I highly recommend this book to another reader.


    29. This book was quite interesting at times, but I personally feel that it was scary I didn t feel really captivated by the book because I didn t want to read about all the terrible things that happened The way the author worded it was very cool because you felt like Sarney was telling you the story.


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