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Friday, March 17, 2006

Copper Sun

”” Her family murdered and village destroyed, Amari, an African teen, is dragged into slavery. Author Sharon Draper spares us none of the details of the horrific Middle Passage, where the dying are thrown overboard to the sharks, young girls are raped, and suicide is a constant temptation. After surviving that ordeal, Amari is then sold to a vicious man who intends her to be a “gift” for his son, an equally vile character. Copper Sun goes much deeper than cardboard villainy, though. At the plantation Amari finds a complex mix of people, all of whom are trapped in untenable situations. There is the kind mistress of the plantation who is hiding a deadly secret, the white indentured servant girl who unexpectedly befriends Amari, and the cook whose young son is both her joy and her weakness. The story of Amari and her ultimate hope of freedom, is so much more than just one girl’s tale. It is a nail-biting dissection of the entire system of slavery and how it warped all who were caught in it. You will never forget this book.