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Copper Sun by Sharon Mills Draper

Copper Sun (edition 2008)

by Sharon Mills Draper

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Title:Copper Sun
Authors:Sharon Mills Draper
Info:Simon Pulse (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:Children's and YA, Historical Fiction

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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper


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Amari is living a wonderful life in a small village in Africa, when slavers come and kill many of her friends and family, and take the rest to the slave markets. She is transported to the Southern United States to be sold into slavery on a plantation.
  rachel.mcconville | Jul 6, 2016 |
Young adult historical fiction that parallels (and precedes) [b: The Kitchen House|6837103|The Kitchen House|Kathleen Grissom|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1350302443s/6837103.jpg|7048306] without the overdone melodrama. In it, a remarkable story of courage in the face of brutality is told through the convergent viewpoints of a young slave girl and an indentured servant. It's clearly written for the tweens to teens crowd but I enjoyed it all the same. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Narrated by Myra Lucretia Taylor. Amari witnesses the murder of her family as she and other villagers are captured for the slave trade, sent across the Middle Passage to South Carolina where Amari is purchased by Mr. Darby as a 16th-birthday gift for his cruel and selfish son Clay. At the same time he purchases the indenture of Polly, a white indentured servant girl who is trying to work off her late parents' indentures. Together Polly and Amari both harbor dreams of being free. That opportunity comes when they are ensnared in a messy situation involving Mr. Darby's wife giving birth to a baby fathered by her slave. The enraged Mr. Darby sends Polly, Amari and little Tidbit away to be sold, but a compassionate doctor lets them off down the road to pursue freedom. The trio heads south to Florida where they have heard freedom is assured in Spanish territory.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
My personal response to the book: The book was excellent! It was a quick read as it keeps the reader's attention. Students will come away learning more about slavery in the US.
Curricular connections: The curricular connections include history, poverty, racism and slavery. As a TL I would not add this book unless it was for a high school collection. Students could read it to learn more about slavery.
  West_Elementary | Jan 18, 2016 |
This is my favorite book from Sharon Draper. I love the story of both Amari and Dolly. ( )
  Hdaguin | Oct 28, 2015 |
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What are you doing up there, Kwasi?" Amari asked her eight-year-old brother with a laugh. He had his legs wrapped around the trunk of the top of a coconut tree. "For once I want to look a giraffe in the eye!" he shouted. "I wish to ask her what she has seen in her travels."
Amari thought back, however, to what Polly had said at the start of this journey: “Freedom is a delicate idea, like a pretty leaf in the air: It’s hard to catch and may not be what you thought when you get it.” Amari wondered if this long and arduous journey would bring her the happiness she dreamed of. Maybe this place would turn out to be a terrible disappointment.
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This is the story of a village in Africa, where visitors come one day and they take slaves. A 15 year old girl has to watch the horrific things that take place.
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When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are here to capture the strongest, healthiest villagers and to murder the rest. They are slave traders. And in the time it takes a gun to fire, Amari's life as she's known it is destroyed, along with her family and village.

Beaten, branded, and dragged onto a slave ship, Amari is forced to witness horrors worse than any nightmare and endure humiliations she had never thought possible -- including being sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who gives her to his sixteen-year-old son, Clay, as his birthday present.

Now, survival and escape are all Amari dreams about. As she struggles to hold on to her memories in the face of backbreaking plantation work and daily degradation at the hands of Clay, she finds friendship in unexpected places. Polly, an outspoken indentured white girl, proves not to be as hateful as she'd first seemed upon Amari's arrival, and the plantation owner's wife, despite her trappings of luxury and demons of her own, is kind to Amari. But these small comforts can't relieve Amari's feelings of hopelessness and despair, and when an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Polly decide to work together to find the thing they both want most...freedom.

Grand and sweeping in scope, detailed and penetrating in its look at the complicated interrelationships of those who live together on a plantation, Copper Sun is an unflinching and unforgettable look at the African slave trade and slavery in America.

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Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

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