Do you know a teen that is a reluctant reader? Nightjohn is a powerful novel for anyone to absorb, but it is a dramatic motivator for our older teens that under value reading. Set in the south during slavery, Sammy, a pre-adolescent slave, chooses to risk herself and the lives of others to experience learning. The plantation where she was born is owned by a harsh, brutal man that buys and sells slaves with no regard for human value. He punishes anyone that exhibits any education or desire for such.
This very graphic portrayal of just how horrible some slaves were treated tells the important story of the value of education to combat such ignorance. Night john, a former escaped slave has returned to the south to teach others to read. His willingness to risk his life for the betterment of others will speak volumes to those of us who take for granted our freedom to learn. Warning: this is a very brutal and graphic presentation of slavery.