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SOLVED: Children's/YA > Woman who has baby that is not husband's, but slave's [s]

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Darg (dargret) | 69 comments A rich woman during/before the Civil War has her baby, and two slave girls are there at the delivery. The baby isn't the woman's husband, but one of the slaves...
The baby had green eyes, and one of the girls was called... Mina or something...
It was YA, I'm pretty sure.


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April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments When did you read it?


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April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments The Book of Night Women by Marlon James The Book of Night Women by Marlon James, but it's set in Jamaica.


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Nancy | 67 comments Copper Sun by Sharon Draper: From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 8 Up–This action-packed, multifaceted, character-rich story describes the shocking realities of the slave trade and plantation life while portraying the perseverance, resourcefulness, and triumph of the human spirit. Amari is a 15-year-old Ashanti girl who is happily anticipating her marriage to Besa. Then, slavers arrive in her village, slaughter her family, and shatter her world. Shackled, frightened, and despondent, she is led to the Cape Coast where she is branded and forced onto a boat of death for the infamous Middle Passage to the Carolinas. There, Percival Derby buys her as a gift for his son's 16th birthday. Trust and friendship develop between Amari and Polly, a white indentured servant, and when their mistress gives birth to a black baby, the teens try to cover up Mrs. Derby's transgression. However, Mr. Derby's brutal fury spurs them to escape toward the rumored freedom of Fort Mose, a Spanish colony in Florida. Although the narrative focuses alternately on Amari and Polly, the story is primarily Amari's, and her pain, hope, and determination are acute. Cruel white stereotypes abound except for the plantation's mistress, whose love is colorblind; the doctor who provides the ruse for the girls' escape; and the Irish woman who gives the fugitives a horse and wagon. As readers embrace Amari and Polly, they will better understand the impact of human exploitation and suffering throughout history. In addition, they will gain a deeper knowledge of slavery, indentured servitude, and 18th-century sanctuaries for runaway slaves.–Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC


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Darg (dargret) | 69 comments Thanks Nancy, that's it!


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