A twelve year old slave begins to learn the meaning of letters when NightJohn is brought to the plantation.
This short story has only a handful of events and it moves very fast. The characters are kind of flat and the plot isn’t real deep, but it was still a good read.
However, as a history teaching major, I see this as a very good opportunity to use in a middle school/junior high class as supplementary reading. Although linguistically, this book isn’t the greatest at all, it does allow (young) young adults to discover and step into the harsh life of a slave (even if it is a bit extreme). But that extremity pushes the beliefs and thoughts of the students, which is always good.