Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen


Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen

Sarny, a twelve-year-old slave on a plantation in1850's America, is drawn to a new field hand, Nightjohn, when she hears about his past. Having escaped north to freedom, Nightjohn has now returned, his goal to secretly teach his fellow slaves how to read and write. Risking everything, Sarny embarks with Nightjohn on a quest for knowledge and freedom.


'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.'

About the Author

Gary Paulsen

Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. 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 powerful stories.
Paulsen's realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.

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64 pages
Interest Age: 11-14


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Publication date

14th February 2006



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