Monday, July 10, 2006

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Copper Sun is the story of Amari, an African girl kidnapped and sold into slavery in the colonies that later became the United States of America. It's a painful book to read, full of the true horrors of an unfathomly cruel system of human bondage. Draper does not shy away from the reality of life for Amari and other slaves--including rapes, beatings, humiliations, murders and more. Fortunately, Draper tempers the horrific details with a strong-spirited character who overcomes her situation and dreams of freedom. The positive ending is probably unrealistic, but it gives the reader hope in the midst of a bleak world. Highly recommended for mature readers (8th grade and up) who want to know more about slavery and read a compelling story about a strong female character. If you choose to read this book, you will learn a lot and be moved by Amari's story.

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