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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
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Apr 18, 09

bookshelves: nyra-2009, youngadultfiction, juvenilefiction, audio-books, j-ya-historical-fiction
Read in April, 2009

This book was great! It starts out a bit slow as the author builds the historical background of the characters. As the reader comes to know and understand the character of Amari, you can't help but just love her!

This is a historical fiction novel that follows an African girl from her home village through a hostile attack and kidnapping and then she is forced on to a ship bound for the American Colonies to become a slave.

Amari finds an ally on the ship who helps her stay strong and courageous. Once in Georgia on a rice plantation Amari is renamed "Mina" by her new master, Clay Derby. Sadly the slaves on the plantation suffer horrible indignities, and after an especially terrible night Amari and two other youngsters, an indentured servant Polly and slave-boy Tid-Bit, escape and are on the run to a fabled safe-haven, Fort Mosey (spelling? I didn't read the book, I listened to the audio).

Great book for historical fiction assignments and just plan engrossing for tween and teen readers.
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