Nightjohn

Age Range: 12 Years to 17 Years
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Nightjohn

Format:  Paperback,

92 pages

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: Oct 1996

ISBN-13: 9780440219361

ISBN-10: 0440219361

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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 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." -- Sarny


Sarny, 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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Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: Oct 1996
ISBN-13: 9780440219361
ISBN-10: 0440219361
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 92
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.15 x 6.75 x 0.25
Walmart No.: 0978044021936

About the author

Biography of Paulsen, Gary

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, his father was stationed in Europe during World War II and his mother worked in a factory. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts. He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between 1946-49. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. He attended Bemidji College, in Minnesota, paying his tuition by being a trapper.

He also spent some time in the army. He decided one day to try writing and tried to become a magazine editor. He spent nearly a year as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. He published his first book, "Special War", in 1966 and had published nearly forty books and several articles and short stories during his early years. He went back to school in 1972, attending the University of Colorado, but his career was interrupted by a lawsuit in 1977 over "Winterkill". In 1990, he suffered a mild heart attack, which did not hinder his writing at all.

Some of Paulsen's most well-known books are the Hatchet series, although he has published many other popular novels including Dogsong, Harris and Me, and The Winter Room, which won the Newbery Honor. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod. Paulsen was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 1997 (United States)

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