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

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"Draper's (Forged by Fire) historical novel takes on an epic sweep as it chronicles the story of 15-year-old Amari, kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in South Carolina. The horrors of the kidnapping — Amari's parents and little brother are murdered before her eyes — and the Atlantic crossing unwind in exhaustive detail, but the material seems familiar. The story doesn't really take off until Amari reaches her new 'home,' a rice plantation run by a Snidely Whiplash clone, who presents her to his evil-to-the-core son as a birthday gift. Befriended by the wise cook, a white indentured girl named Polly and the beleaguered mistress of the household, Amari eventually and improbably finds a way to escape. Draper has obviously done her homework, but the narrative wears its research heavily. Every bad thing that befell an African slave either happens to or is witnessed by Amari (e.g., Africans eaten by sharks, children used as live alligator bait, an infant shot dead out of spite). Rape is constant. These lurid elements may appeal to reluctant readers who would normally shy away from historical fiction, but they unfortunately push the story to the brink of melodrama. The author also pulls her punches with a highly implausible happy ending. But after all that Amari has gone through, readers will likely find the conclusion a huge relief. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When slave traders invade Amari's village, she is dragged to a slave ship bound for the Carolinas. Bought by a plantation owner, Amari befriends a white indentured servant named Polly and struggles to hold on to her memories in the face of hopelessness and despair.

About the Author

Sharon M. Draperandlt;bandgt; andlt;/bandgt;is a andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both andlt;iandgt;Copper Sunandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Forged by Fireandlt;/iandgt;. Her andlt;iandgt;Out of My Mind andlt;/iandgt;has won multiple awards and has been a andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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very good book it tells about surviving slavery and encourages poeple to get through anything
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689821813
Author:
Draper, Sharon M
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Author:
Draper, Sharon M.
Author:
Draper, Sharon Mills
Author:
Vojnar, Kamil
Author:
Kanevsky, Polly
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
People & Places - General
Subject:
Ethnic - Asian American
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Asian American
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jkt
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.59 oz
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 320 pages Atheneum Books - English 9780689821813 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Draper's (Forged by Fire) historical novel takes on an epic sweep as it chronicles the story of 15-year-old Amari, kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in South Carolina. The horrors of the kidnapping — Amari's parents and little brother are murdered before her eyes — and the Atlantic crossing unwind in exhaustive detail, but the material seems familiar. The story doesn't really take off until Amari reaches her new 'home,' a rice plantation run by a Snidely Whiplash clone, who presents her to his evil-to-the-core son as a birthday gift. Befriended by the wise cook, a white indentured girl named Polly and the beleaguered mistress of the household, Amari eventually and improbably finds a way to escape. Draper has obviously done her homework, but the narrative wears its research heavily. Every bad thing that befell an African slave either happens to or is witnessed by Amari (e.g., Africans eaten by sharks, children used as live alligator bait, an infant shot dead out of spite). Rape is constant. These lurid elements may appeal to reluctant readers who would normally shy away from historical fiction, but they unfortunately push the story to the brink of melodrama. The author also pulls her punches with a highly implausible happy ending. But after all that Amari has gone through, readers will likely find the conclusion a huge relief. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When slave traders invade Amari's village, she is dragged to a slave ship bound for the Carolinas. Bought by a plantation owner, Amari befriends a white indentured servant named Polly and struggles to hold on to her memories in the face of hopelessness and despair.
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