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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
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Copper Sun is an incredible story of slavery, hatred, hope, and freedom. Amari, viciously taken from her African homeland, brutally raped and tortured, comes to American via a slave slip and lands in the Carolina Colony. Given to Clay Derby, 16, as a birthday present, she must endure nightly rapes, substandard food and housing, and beatings.

Polly, a young white indentured servant, also works on the Derbyshire Plantation along with the slaves. The story of how they all happened to come to the Plantation is not quite as important as how they've been treated, how they manage to hope for freedom, and their long arduous journey to Fort Mose, Florida to find this elusive freedom.

Polly and Amari are also caring for Tidbit, a young slave boy of 4, who was brutally separated from his mother at the plantation. His longing for his mother is heart-wrenching. He cannot begin to understand how dangerous their journey truly is. His only hope, however small, is to be reunited with his mother someday.

Told in the alternating voices of Polly and Amari, this is their story. The two girls escape on foot to freedom amidst danger at every turn. Yet, along the way, they find a few kind people who detest slavery as much as they do and help them. Incredibly, they do find their haven with the hope that their freedom is not short-lived.

Incredibly well-written and researched, we come to care deeply for Amari, Polly, and Tidbit (and even Tidbit's scruffy dog, Hushpuppy). Draper has painted a picture of these horrific times with clarity and honesty. A must-read for every student of humanity.

Morton West High School incoming Freshman reading list-2011.
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