Paula Fox Writing Styles in The Slave Dancer

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Poetic Prose

"The distinction and beauty of the words she uses and her absolute command of subtlety and nuance in rhythms and sentence structure place Paula Fox above almost all other children's writers," Rees states in his book. Other critics agree: Fox's use of language has brought her the Newbery Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and recognition in both the United States and England. Fox's prose is spare but poetic, filled with rich imagery grounded in intense physical detail, rhythm, and cadence. For example, when Jessie is captured and taken by a small boat to the ship, Fox writes:

We passed a small island. I saw the glimmer of a
light in a window—only that solitary, flickering yellow
beacon. I felt helpless and sad as though everyone
in the world had died save the three of us and
the unknown lamplighter on the shore. Then, as if...



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