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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
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Amari is so lucky: she is 15 years old, in love with the amazing Besa, and engaged to be married to him next year. Life in her village is so good, until unknown, pale-skinned visitors arrive. When her whole family is murdered... when Besa is sold away from her... when she is bought as a birthday gift for a plantation owner's son... when she is raped, beaten, and starved... can Amari's spirit survive?

Sharon Draper creates an achingly vivid portrait of slave trade, which includes some intense and historically accurate subject matter. But Amari's spirit soars above the agony and hatred in a way that will inspire and empower you! It's gritty, real, authentic, and well-rounded; you'll find that more people than Amari are held captive by an unjust social system. This book is the cream of the crop in historical fiction.

Read this if you want a story that immerses you so totally that you just can't stop reading!

--Courtney
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