Copper Sun (Paperback)
|Author: Sharon M. Draper|
From the Publisher:
Having watched her village torched, witnessed her family killed, and been kidnapped by slave traders, Amari arrives on Mr. Derby's Carolina plantation afraid and confused, yet with time and hard work, she learns the language, befriends another slave, and struggles to attain her one true goal: to be a free person once again. A Coretta Scott King Award Book. Reprint.
Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,
Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.
Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the illusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?
The unimaginable cruelties of slavery, a young girl's hopes for the future, the ferocious brutality of slave owners, and the surprising kindness of a select few are the focus of the 2007 Coretta Scott King Author Book winner, COPPER SUN. Fifteen-year-old Ashanti villager Amari is kidnapped from her village by slavers, and taken into a world where she is considered less than human. But a household upset enables Amari and an indentured servant, Polly, to escape. This is fast-paced, historical fiction at its best.
"[An] action-packed, multifaceted, character-rich story...As readers embrace Amari and Polly, they will better understand the impact of human exploitation and suffering throughout history. In addition, they will gain a deeper knowledge of slavery, indentured servitude, and 18th-century sanctuaries for runaway slaves." 1/01/2006 Booklist
"Draper builds the explosive tension to the last chapter, and the sheer power of the story, balanced between the overwhelmingly brutal facts of slavery and Amari's ferocious survivor's spirit, will leave readers breathless, even as they consider the story's larger questions about the infinite costs of slavery and how to reconcile history." 02/01/2006 "Though [Draper] romanticizes African villages life somewhat, she does a good job of subtly implicating the sources of stereotyping and dismantling common assumptions about the period and the people. She doesn't sugarcoat the horror, but she is not gratuitous in describing scenes of rape and torture, making this a useful text for curricular applications, and one that students will actually read and want to discuss." 04/01/2006