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Copper Sun Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M.
ISBN: 1416953485     ISBN-13: 9781416953487
Publisher: Atheneum
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2008
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Annotation: Slave traders invade Armari's African village and she is dragged to a 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 this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Slavery; Fiction.
Indentured servants; Fiction.
African Americans; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007029802
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.68 lbs) 314 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 104029
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q39127
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 18.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,
fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own -- hope."

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?


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Kidnapped from her village at fifteen and subjected to the horrific Middle Passage, Amari is sold to a South Carolina planter, along with Polly, a white indentured servant. Amari endures beatings and rape, but she finds a friend in Polly, who joins her escape. Some passages seem more told than shown, but Draper succeeds in dramatizing the slave experience. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 January #3)
PW praised the "epic sweep" of this Coretta Scott King Award winner that chronicles a 15-year-old girl kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in the Carolinas. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 January #2)

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. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 January)

Gr 8 Up -This action-packed, multifaceted, character-rich story describes the shocking realities of the slave trade and plantation life while portraying the perseverance, resourcefulness, and triumph of the human spirit. Amari is a 15-year-old Ashanti girl who is happily anticipating her marriage to Besa. Then, slavers arrive in her village, slaughter her family, and shatter her world. Shackled, frightened, and despondent, she is led to the Cape Coast where she is branded and forced onto a "boat of death" for the infamous Middle Passage to the Carolinas. There, Percival Derby buys her as a gift for his son's 16th birthday. Trust and friendship develop between Amari and Polly, a white indentured servant, and when their mistress gives birth to a black baby, the teens try to cover up Mrs. Derby's transgression. However, Mr. Derby's brutal fury spurs them to escape toward the rumored freedom of Fort Mose, a Spanish colony in Florida. Although the narrative focuses alternately on Amari and Polly, the story is primarily Amari's, and her pain, hope, and determination are acute. Cruel white stereotypes abound except for the plantation's mistress, whose love is colorblind; the doctor who provides the ruse for the girls' escape; and the Irish woman who gives the fugitives a horse and wagon. 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.-Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC

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