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Copper Sun Paperback – January 1, 2008
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
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Everyone contributes for the celebration to welcome the strangers. Amari helps her mother arrange the food, her storyteller father shares his tales, her fiancé plays his drum, and everyone dances. But then their world shatters as the strangers begin killing the adults and young children. Amari stands stunned as her parents drop dead from gunfire. Her little brother urges her to run into the jungle for safety; they try, only for Amari to be captured and her brother to be shot dead.
The nightmare continues as Amari and the other young people find themselves chained together and forced to walk for days. At the coast, Amari views the ocean for the first time and most of her friends for the last time. Packed tightly into ships, Amari's people endure horrific conditions: hunger, thirst, sickness, lying in their own waste, and rape. More die and are tossed overboard, but Amari survives with encouragement from a woman named Afi, who tells Amari that she has to live; Amari has a purpose in life and she must find hope. But hope is the last thing to be found on a slave ship, and that is what Amari has become --- a slave.
Upon arrival in America, Amari is sold to the highest bidder, a rice grower wanting a birthday present for his son. Soon Amari meets Polly, a white girl indentured to the same rice grower. The two girls from different ends of the earth bond together in order to survive, and their friendship just might help them fight their way to freedom.Read more ›
This book follows the trials and tribulations of Amari, a fifteen-year-old African maiden. After witnessing the slaughter of both the old and young in her African village, including her parents and her young brother, she is chained, by feet, hands, and neck, lined up, and herded miles on foot to the ocean by pale skinned visitors with fire sticks. She watches her fellow Africans suffer incomprehensible humiliation and death at the hands of their captors as they are shipped like animal cargo across the ocean. The life that awaits her is nothing like she could have ever imagined.
Amari must adapt to life as a purchased slave on a rice plantation, a life that includes atrocities committed upon her by her white owners. She meets Polly, an indentured servant who has dreams of making it to the big house and being a fine lady of standing. Instead, Polly lives in the slave quarters and finds she's given the chore of civilizing Amari, now called Myna, and teaching her enough English to work. After witnessing murder, the two girls find themselves thrown together in a desperate run for freedom.
This is not just another book about slavery. This is a book about something real and tangible. Ms. Draper's writing is so vivid that you can smell the rank odors beneath ship. You can feel the pain of being lashed with a whip. Your throat will constrict at the heart-wrenching pain of a mother and child being forced apart. You will also celebrate the strength and spirit of Amari and those she inspires.
COPPER SUN won the Coretta Scott King Award. This is a book I will make sure goes on my classroom shelves. I give COPPER SUN a gold star!
Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
I recommend this book to all of those people out there that do not like to read. Even though this book is a long one you do not get board with it you are interested with in the very first paragraph and Amari talking about her homeland Africa and about her family.
This book is a good one to read and I hope all of you enjoy my review, and reading this book.
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I didn't know what to expect when I picked out this book other than being of biracial descent from two backgrounds who both overcame great hardship it piqued my curiosity. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Krimini
I couldn't put this book down. It made me smile, cry and laugh! Love love it. I would give more stars if I could. I met the author and she is wonderful. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Yolanda
Compelling but unsettling first half that reads more like an adult novel and elementary, unrealistic second half that reads more like a young middle school book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer
As a history teacher, I shy away from historical fiction. The amount of research put into Copper Sun plus the author's personal commitment and connection to our past of slavery... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brenda
Very good read. The author did a good job in bringing Africa back to my memories. I wished that it had said more about what happened back at the plantation before concluding.Published 3 months ago by Denise
I absolutely love this book! Almost perfect condition also.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I used to work in a Juvenile Correctional Facility. I would buy the boys books to read. They loved this book and it was one of the more popular books for them to ready. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Baisden