Slave traders invade Armari's African village and she is dragged to a ship bound for the Carolinas. Bought by a plantation owner, Amari befriends a white indentured servant named Polly and struggles to hold on to her memories, in this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel.Slave traders invade Armari's African village and she is dragged to a ship bound for the Carolinas. Bought by a plantation owner, Amari befriends a white indentured servant named Polly and struggles to hold on to her memories, in this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel.Read Less
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When reading Draper's book, I followed the text because the story sparked my interest a bit. However, I was fairly disappointed in certain parts of the book. Even though this was a work of fiction, some parts seemed too fictional. Personally, as an individual who has been researching on Black history for quite a while, there were certain interactions between characters, that if they had been real, it most likely wouldn't have happened. I suppose that she watered it down a bit because of the age of the readers, even though she may have thought she was emphasizing the violence and cruelty of the Great Maafa (Middle Passage). I will give Draper some credit that she has taken the perspective of an enslaved young woman of African/Afrikan descent and a white indentured servant. However, she has written much better work than "Copper Sun" and I recommend that you read her other books instead.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-09 Draper's (Forged by Fire) historical novel takes on an epic sweep as it chronicles the story of 15-year-old Amari, kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in South Carolina. The horrors of the kidnapping-Amari's parents and little brother are murdered before her eyes-and the Atlantic crossing unwind in exhaustive detail, but the material seems familiar. The story doesn't really take off until Amari reaches her new "home," a rice plantation run by a Snidely Whiplash clone, who presents her to his evil-to-the-core son as a birthday gift. Befriended by the wise cook, a white indentured girl named Polly and the beleaguered mistress of the household, Amari eventually and improbably finds a way to escape. Draper has obviously done her homework, but the narrative wears its research heavily. Every bad thing that befell an African slave either happens to or is witnessed by Amari (e.g., Africans eaten by sharks, children used as live alligator bait, an infant shot dead out of spite). Rape is constant. These lurid elements may appeal to reluctant readers who would normally shy away from historical fiction, but they unfortunately push the story to the brink of melodrama. The author also pulls her punches with a highly implausible happy ending. But after all that Amari has gone through, readers will likely find the conclusion a huge relief. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-21 PW praised the "epic sweep" of this Coretta Scott King Award winner that chronicles a 15-year-old girl kidnapped from her African village in 1738 and sold into sexual slavery in the Carolinas. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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