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Copper Sun

September 9th, 2019 - Posted in Library News -

by Sharon Draper, 302 pages, Grades 8 and up

Amari lived a happy life in a beautiful African village. The biggest thing on her mind was her betrothal to Besa who she thought was very handsome; that was until the day the strangers with pink skin and strange weapons arrived. Of course, her village elders made arrangements to welcome these strangers as was the custom, but the white men took advantage of this hospitality and Amari’s village was suddenly under attack. Beaten and chained the survivors were marched to a slave castle to await their terrible fate; Amari and Besa were among them. Survival usually thought of as a good thing, but the trials Amari faces are so devastating it is not surprising that she wonders why she still lives, and struggles with how she will go on.

Stories about American slavery are always sad, but somehow Sharon Draper weaves hope into this book as well. If you enjoy this author, you might also like some of her contemporary novels: Blended, and Out of My Mind, or if you like historical fiction with African American protagonists you might also like Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, or Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

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