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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.270243
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.
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published on January 1, 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0689821816
ISBN-13: 9780689821813
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  • lady_ofthe_jury
    lady_ofthe_jurySunday, September 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm44 stars
    i would defanetly suggest this book 4 read alouds or if you just want to enjoy a book. i normaly HATE realistic fic, but i looooooove this book. it is just a little sad so prob read with a parent!
    • applebutter
      applebutterTuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:01 pm55 stars
      This sounds like a must read for me. I love historical fiction books. they r like the only books i read. Going to check this book out at the library
      • abby12345678
        abby12345678Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 8:35 am
        Copper Sun is one of my favorite novels. From the story line to the character building. You feel what the characters feel. I also really enjoy how it has two points of view. The indentured servant and the slave. It is a sad realization of history and humanity. But i highly recommend it.
        • mamic
          mamicMonday, October 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm55 stars
          Copper Sun was a really interesting book. It was talking about slavery, through two different perspectives. One was a young slave girl, and another was an american indentured servant. It was kind of sad, though, and really conveyed deep meaning.
          • tanjiijoan
            tanjiijoanWednesday, November 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm
            This is a book that is very heart braking . You may want to read it over and over again . But it is a pretty long book. Some one should make a movie or even a play of it . There should also be a day for kids who's lives have changed like hers . So make sure you are thankful that you can talk ,walk, write or even take your self to the bathroom. Tanjii