Copper Sun

Copper Sun

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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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, c2006
ISBN: 9780689821813
Branch Call Number: FIC Drap
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 24 cm


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This fiction novel chronicles the life of Amari, a young girl taken from her African village to be a slave in the Carolinas, as she plans her escape to freedom.

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Mar 06, 2019

I read this book when I was in high school (about 8 years ago) and I never got to finish it. All these years this book was in the back of my mind until I finally was able to get a chance to finish reading it. I really enjoyed this story because at times when you feel like giving up is the only option, you find strength within you. Amari lost so much and has been through a lot, yet she remains resilient and she is quite like no other. I recommend this book and its a quick easy read.

Mar 28, 2018

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to warrior of her village whom she loved, cared by her loving parents and optimist little brother, belonged to a respectable village, she had it all, until one tragic moment. Her village was invaded by white settlers. She watched as the people she loved was either massacred or captured and the only land she has ever known was gulf into flames. Amari was one of the few of her village to survived the attack, and faces to live through the troubles she had ahead in her future. She was held in a historical non-fiction place called Cape Coast, where is met Afi. Afi taught Amari that she to be strong since now they were now a slave. Sent across sea to be sold and become property. After the humiliating, death forsaken trip across the Pacific, Amari was sold to Mr. Derby as a present for his son, Clay. But without spoiling anything it just shows the true struggles of being a slave and finding freedom.
I absolutely love this book. I felt like I was there in the book with Amari, I felt WITH her. This is the first like of book I've read able slavery and I think I’m going into more.
I would absolutely would but only to mature audience. So 13 years or older.

Apr 13, 2016

I read this book last year ,it was so touching and shows so much high-emotion.The characters are so realistic. This a book would love those all around the world to read because they are missing out on a piece of reality

Mar 29, 2015

Excellent book. Easy read. Good character development. Quite similar to Book of Negros, which i thought to be an excellent book. Sad and heartbreaking, and yet full of hope. Speaks to the human spirit. Highly recommended.

Jan 18, 2015

This is such an amazing book. It'll make you laugh and cry as you experience the struggles of the main characters. It teaches you a lot about the powerful lesson of slavery. Highly recommend this book.

Jul 06, 2013

very good easy read. finished in one day. highly recomend this story!

KimberlyG_96 May 29, 2013

This book was so fantastic! I loved it so much and i recommend it.

Jan 24, 2013

This was a really great read! I read it in three days (due to other responsibilities)! When I was reading I did not want to put the book down. Parents, you should definitely allow your children to read this book. It shows that it was way more to a slave's life than just what was on the surface. The book is written in a manner that students would not have much difficulty reading and understanding the literature. Students learning about slavery should read this book in order to receive more knowledge on the matter in order to understand the different points of views and how certain instances played out.

Sep 21, 2012

This novel is really amazing. At first you think that slaves' lives were bad, but after you finish this book, you realize there was more to their life. The women were forced to serve their masters in the day, and raped by them at night. The men live in horrible conditions when traveling to another place.

The protagonist in this story changes in such a way, you can't help but feel happy for her. She goes from carefree to determined to give her and her to-be-born child a free life.

Aug 21, 2012

So hard to not feel so many emotions rush through you. I loved it. Wonderfully told.

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Nov 05, 2017

“ ‘Babies don’t know nothin’ ’bout no slavery. They just knows ’bout love,’ Inez said gently” (Draper, pg. 298).

blue_dog_6692 Aug 09, 2014

awesome book

Jan 24, 2013

"They are here to capture the strongest, healthiest villagers and to murder the rest. They are slave traders."

chrisgotstacks Jul 29, 2012

copper sunn is great i love it

Jun 13, 2012

"I feel like a broken drum-hollow, crushed, unable to make a sound".


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Jan 24, 2013

A fifteen year old African girl was captured from her village and taken to Carolina where she was a s;ave. There she met an indentured servant, a Caucasian girl, who she worked alongside. Many different things took place, causing the two girls to escape and find their way to freedom with an extra passenger.


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