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Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder, fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own: hope. Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her villageStolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder, fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own: hope. Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present. Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the elusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?...

Title : Copper Sun
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Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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Copper Sun Reviews

  • Terry
    2019-03-23 17:06

    There are few books I recommend without hesitation, and this is one them. For years, Gary Paulsen's Night John has been one of the titles I try to lead all high school students to. I think Copper Sun is better. As others have mentioned, it isn't a pleasant read at times, but it is absolutely honest in its rendition of a slice of American history. I hope many people, teens and adults, will read it and consider how the past isn't dead; we all live within its long shadow.

  • Maya B
    2019-04-11 14:51

    excellent read! the author made the characters so real. very vivid details. the book is labeled young adult but I felt it's for a more mature audience.

  • Hazel
    2019-04-09 12:04

    Sharon Draper's Copper Sun tells a riveting story of an African girl , named Amari , living in Africa who has everything going her way. She's engaged to the most handsome man in the village , her father is a chief , and she loves her family. It seems that nothing could go wrong until white-skinned strangers arrive in seemingly good intentions of making friends and trading. When there is a bursting sound of a gun shot and everything turns into a chaotic mess of smoke and dust as everyone in the village , very young or old , is killed and all the young adults are rounded up for capture. Amari is in pure shock and horror as she is chained and realizes her entire family was just slaughtered. Amari goes through being beaten , raped , fed very little , being constantly chained and living in waste in a hull of a ship. Although she feels like dying , instead of enduring this misery , with encouragement from a new found mother , on the voyage , she some how finds the courage to carry on. This is an extremely powerful story of courage and trust that is sure to have readers of any kind wanting it.

  • Jean
    2019-03-22 15:06

    This novel detailing the experience of an African slave in the 1700's was a page turner for me. I sat down to read a few chapters and finished it in one reading. It explores many aspects of slavery beyond the African experience including indentured servants and the status of women in the past. Most of the historical information (much of which is horribly disturbing) was not new to me, but I had never heard of Fort Mose (sanctuary for runaways in Florida) before. Though this was a work of historical fiction, I think Draper imbued her characters with 21st century attitudes. For instance,though at first Polly feels superior to the slaves she is forced to live with, her transformation into feeling that they are her equals seems to come a little too easily. I think the cultural attitudes of her day (and her own personal circumstances) would have made it much more difficult for her to leap to total acceptance of her common humanity with slaves. Come to think of it, all of Draper's characters just seem to fall a little flat. At any rate, I think adolescents will read this book (it is a page turner), and learn a little history in the process.

  • Cana Rensberger
    2019-04-10 10:02

    I have been a fan of Sharon Draper for some time. She is a master at writing realistic fiction. COPPER SUN is her first historical fiction and it is amazing as well as frighteningly authentic.This book follows the trials and tribulations of Amari, a fifteen year-old African maiden. After witnessing the slaughter of both the old and young in her African village, including her parents and her young brother, she is chained, by feet, hands, and neck, lined up, and herded miles on foot to the ocean by pale skinned visitors with fire sticks. She watches her fellow Africans suffer incomprehensible humiliation and death at the hands of their captors as they are shipped like animal cargo across the ocean. The life that awaits her is nothing like she could have ever imagined.Amari must adapt to life as a purchased slave on a rice plantation, a life that includes atrocities committed upon her by her white owners. She meets Polly, an indentured servant who has dreams of making it to the big house and being a fine lady of standing. Instead, Polly lives in the slave quarters with Amari and finds she’s given the chore of civilizing Amari, now called Myna, and teaching her enough English to work. After witnessing murder, the two girls find themselves thrown together in a desperate run for freedom.This is not just another book about slavery. This is a book about something real and tangible. Ms. Draper’s writing is so vivid that you can smell the rank odors beneath ship. You can feel the pain of being lashed with a whip. Your throat will constrict at the heart wrenching pain of a mother and child being forced apart. You will also celebrate the strength and spirit of Amari and those she inspires. COPPER SUN won the Coretta Scott King Award. This is a book I will make sure goes on my classroom shelves. I give COPPER SUN a gold star!

  • Denise
    2019-03-26 14:17

    Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper is a must read novel for everyone. This riveting novel was written by Draper, a granddaughter of a slave. This outstanding novel is about the harsh realities of slavery. But, this novel also demonstrates that there are people in this world eager to do the right thing. The main character is Amari, a 15 year old girl from Africa who was sold in the Carolinas. Amari's character is strong, confident, emotional and determined......a definite role model. Polly's character is a perfect secondary one to Amari, leading to a unlikely but lasting friendship. The characters are vivid, the plot captivating and the descriptions emotional. "May your feet bring you to where your heart is."

  • Elena Mills
    2019-03-23 12:04

    Sharon M. Draper is a stupendous author. I am in awe of this book. It was terrifying and powerful and the fact that everything was based on real facts shameful, and makes me look at my ancestry in a totally different way. This book made me laugh and cry and I got so attached to the characters. I think everyone should read this book, and learn not only about slaves, and what it was like to be a young girl as a slave, but also about being an indentured servant and what that form of servitude was like. This book was truly moving.

  • Lola
    2019-04-08 17:11

    Sometimes I just stand back and wonder how humanity can be so cruel. Really, the things humans do to each other are revolting. Rape, murder, abuse, an ongoing list that only seems to grow as time goes on. It's the reason I can't watch the news ever. There are just too many bad things happening on this planet, and I don't need to hear about every single one of them. Of course, such a thing was unavoidable while reading the Copper Sun. My first reaction to the novel was horror. I was horrified by the treatment of Amari by Clay Derby. I couldn't believe what he made her do and how Polly didn't even think it was a big deal. I had heard of this practice before, but I had never thought of it to this extent. It made my skin crawl. How could someone do that? Of course, many other things horrified me in this novel. Amari's people were betrayed by people of their own color, a rival village. Her parents and little brother are killed, and the boy she is to marry taken away. Despite this, Amari's spirit does not break. She tries to survive during the voyage, learning English from one of the crew. That is the beauty of this story. Amari may go through hard times, but she doesn't lose her spirit. She keeps surviving, gaining strength from her relationships with Polly, Tidbit, and Teenie. Ultimately, she, Polly, and Tidbit escape to start a new life. Another interesting aspect to this story is the addition of Fort Mose. You don't really hear about slaves escaping to Fort Mose, and I think it was a cool choice of location to make. Fort Mose, though only operational a few years, is a significant and often ignored part history leading up to the Civil War. I was glad to hear a little about it. I'd definitely recommend this. It is excellently written and aimed for young adults, something that always is something I look for when reading about slavery. Definitely looking forward to reading more of Draper's work.

  • Emi Guzman
    2019-04-08 10:55

    Copper Sun was the first book I listed for Mrs. Augustine's literature circles. Considering the fact that I am usually too aggravated by the subject of history to even taste some historical fiction, I was impressed. The story is told from two peoples' perspectives (I always appreciate this writing style)Amari and Polly, but is mostly built around a fifteen year old African girl named Amari. Amari once had a perfect life in her Ewe village in Africa. Until one day, white men attacked her village and killed all the children and elderly. The young and healthy like her were kept barely alive and later sold into slavery in America; Amari was a birthday gift for a plantation owner's son. Life on the plantation was a tragedy, and after she could not take anymore of it, Amari along with an indentured servant girl called Polly, and another slave's son named tidbit, took off to find the freedom that they craved so strongly. They do find this freedom in Spanish territory called Fort Mose where they get to start a new life. My favorite quote from the book would be, "As long as you remember chile, ain't nothin' ever gone." Honestly it is probably the most popular quote from Copper Sun, but it's not overrated at all. This quote was stated by Teenie (Tidbit's mother whom is a slave who specializes in cooking) and directed to Amari, but the idea came up various times after the fact. In fact the reason why I love this quote is because Amari holds on to these words and reminds herself that the beautiful background/past that she has is not gone.

  • Bookishrealm
    2019-04-14 12:02

    I devoured this book!! It was so good. I would warn that this book is graphic and doesn't hold back from describing the horrors of slavery. I couldn't help but love the characters and admire their strength. It'd amazing to know that there are children who went through this same thing and survived. There's a lot to learn from this novel and I can't wait to do a full review.

  • Terrell
    2019-04-16 10:04

    Fifteen-year-old Amari loves life in her home village in Africa. She spends her days strolling along the stream, daydreaming about her handsome future husband, teasing her little brother, and avoiding chores. But everything changes the day the visitors arrive. Her world changes forever as the strangers begin killing the adults and young children.Amari stands stunned as her parents drop dead from gunfire. Her little brother urges her to run into the jungle for safety; they try, only for Amari to be captured and her brother to be shot dead.

Upon arrival in America, Amari is sold to the highest bidder. Amari meets Polly, a white girl. The two girls from different ends of the earth bond together in order to survive. The whole black person meets white person, then struggle ensues until they eventually come to love one another thing is overdone; but Draper doesn’t spend a lot of energy trying to sell that aspect of the book, which is why the book thrives.

  • Gianina Gray
    2019-03-31 10:10

    this book is very sad,sad,sad in the beginning,but the end is very spirit lifting,with a little bit of a twist.

  • Meg Frantz
    2019-03-26 11:17

    This book is an astounding book for all readers! It has a riveting plot, and is ideal for anyone who likes either historical fiction, or just a great book.While some parts of the book were very sad and hard to read, I was able to power through, and enjoy the ending. One thing I enjoyed about this book was how it said "Copper Sun" multiple times. I really enjoy finding any relation to the title of a book in the middle of the story. It is very satisfactory to me.Overall, I believe this book is satisfactory for all readers, and while some parts were incredibly hard to read, I thought it was a great book to read in order to expand my knowledge of slavery.

  • EuNique W.8B
    2019-03-30 17:57

    This book is soooooo good!!

  • Katie Lalor
    2019-04-10 17:56

    Drama! A wonderful and realistic story of slavery. There are a lot of examples of words of the wiser. Would recommend for mature readers. Draper's words let's you feel all the emotions during this time.

  • Laura
    2019-04-01 10:57

    This book was a hard book to read.Our PTA recently donated a whole bunch of books. Sharon M. Draper is one of my "gateway" authors, an author I can count on to interest my students in reading. This book was on my list of books to read and to buy for my class but I'd never read it. When I saw it on the stack of donated books, I snatched it up.It is a book about slavery during Colonial times. It doesn't deal much with abolition or any of the other traditional slave themes. Instead, it begins with a young free woman with a fiance and a fine future. The introduction is brutal. Before even beginning the first chapter, we find this woman in chains being sold at auction. The contrast hit me hard.Sharon M. Draper is not graphic but she doesn't hold back either. The brutality and the casual violence are interwoven deep into slave life. At the same time, there is kindness and hope and dreams. One sailor teaches English during his time with the slave women; two otehr sailors take turns raping the slave women.There are some huge coincidences in the lives of the slaves which eventually allow them to escape to Spanish Colonial America where freedom is granted to slaves who learn Spanish and become Catholic. These coincidences can be used to demonstrate that even though white women weren't formally enslaved, their lives were just as curtailed by white men.I think that would probably be my only complaint. The slave women were fully developed characters, even as minor characters. With one exception, all white men were portrayed as mean and cruel. I can't think of a single slave man who was mean or cruel. The white women seemed to be quite maternal. Perhaps it's a bit too much of "the noble savage" stereotype for my liking but I know my students will love it.I would not recommend this book for immature students or students whose parents are protective. I would probably recommend this book for mother-daughter reading groups.This is a powerful book.

  • Edward Hernández
    2019-04-09 11:55

    A village in West Africa,a fifteen-year-old Amari is kidnapped after her village is destroyed and family is murdered. Amari is taken to America to be sold to a high bidder. Amari has nothing to to live for but to work on a plantation and full-fill her master's needs. The only thing that can save her is the will to live and her ambition to escape her nightmare. The novel was amazing it felt as if you were going through the pain and sorrow yourself. Amari was a strong and smart character, having to have courage to keep moving forward even after losing it all. She may have had a few bad tones ,but her kindness to others saved her from loneliness. Sympathy for amari grows as the novel continues to progress its torment.The book was a page turner due to its intense scenes such as the romance between the slave and its owner and the death of a baby and its father.I really did not like the ending of the novel because it felt too quick to just end the way it did. Amari may have won her freedom but it did not feel rewarding or satisfying. The ending where amari lives in a new country with a new family while been pregnant from clay. The story with amari was rough and tear-jerking and had high hopes for a happy ending. If the ending could at least provide some crucial information how amari is fine with her new family that would be fantastic. My rating was four stars because the ending was not as fascinating as I hoped. Freedom may have been what she wanted but in the end she was stuck with a baby and mental wounds. The ending made it seem that amari lost more than she gained. Everything else about the book was amazing because of its great plot about a girl in a slave trade finding new friends and family.

  • June Ahern
    2019-04-11 15:49

    From the moment the first line was finished, I was captured. This is my first read of author Sharon Draper and will not be my last. The story is an emotional ride, and very hard to read...I was angry, sad, frustrated, happy for any little meager piece of relief and finally I sighed. Not a "feely goodie" time story, but to know what one can endure just to live, is remarkable. Will keep that in mind when I'm whining.The story is of Amari a 15 year old African. Ms. Draper gives only a short read, but wonderfully descriptive about Amari and her family and life with her tribe. And then they come, the white soldiers and another African tribe, to capture and kill Amari's people. That is the start of a very long and horrible journey to a new - a foreign place, the Carolina's in America. - where she begins her life as a slave. Amari is such a brave young woman and intelligent - she has to learn English in a short time. Her survival is dependent upon it as she works among other slaves a plantation. Her master, Mr. Derby - and if I could have killed him - I believe I would have (that's how vividly descriptive this book is)who buys Amari for his 16 yr son. And after what happened on the ship, the rapes, she is now subject to this young cruel man. Bought at the same time 15 yr old, a white indentured slave. And then there is Master Derby's young pregnant wife whose baby, when born, is a devastating surprise that puts into motion a huge change for Amari and Polly. I couldn't stop reading Copper Sun. It's a powerful poignant historical fiction. Kudos to Sharon Draper's Copper Sun for winning the Coretta Scott King Award.

  • Toughlove
    2019-04-06 11:02

    Copper Sun by Sharon Drapper, is an exciting, intense, and very descriptive book. The main character is a girl named Amari. She was taken from her village in Africa, after all her friends and family were killed by slave hunters. The only person, who watched over her, was an old woman which she called Afi. This is a story that tells about what Amari had to go through, and how she dealt with it. I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down, it told about the journey from the village, to the ship, across the ocean, to the plantation, that she lived at. Though it was kind of a tragedy that goes from the best, to bad, to the worst she can think of. This is one of those books that I would even if I didn’t have to.The author’s purpose for writing this book is to inform in an interesting way. She is telling about the thing and difficulties that slaves had to go through, but it wasn’t just like a history book, it was like this girl’s life story. She wrote it to show that this young girl had hope, after everything was taken away from her. The book also relates to real life, because someone somewhere has felt like they wanted to die. If this little girl can have hope when everything is taken away, and still find happiness, a grown woman or man can find hope too. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially people who are depressed.

  • Fran Prather
    2019-04-13 17:08

    I attended Draper's session at the International Reading Association National Convention last week. She mentioned that Copper Sun is being taught in conjuction with Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, which I have used with sophomores in World Literature, so I was intrigued. The book follows Amari as slave traders destroy her home, she survives the trip over on the slave ship, and how she manages to survive as a slave in the US in the 1700s. It refers to her constant rape by white men, though it doesn't give gory details. The descriptions of her emotional pain and humiliation after are enough.One thing I really liked about this was that Draper gives a balanced perspective. She shows how other tribes were involved in selling out Africans (they saw each other as members of different tribes, not as brother Africans), reveals whites who are conflicted, and shows that white women and poor whites were were victims of the system as well.Overall, I thought this was amazing and if I teach American Literature again, it will definitely become part of my "canon."

  • bjneary
    2019-04-03 13:15

    You think you have read historical fiction about slavery but then you read this book and the viciousness of the slave owners, the violence perpetrated on these slaves on a daily basis is just so difficult to read. Amari is such an inspiring heroine, along with Polly and Tidbit and Hushpuppy; they brave a hellish journey to freedom. There is just so much I could write about what happens in this book, but I urge you to read it and feel the loss, pain, nightmares and tragedy that each one of these characters suffers. The brutality of the slavesis so crushing, it is so difficult to have hope, but Draper makes sure every character knows there is hope but that only a few use that hope. I now know whay this book received the Coretta Scott King Award and highly recommend every student who has American History read this book and learn about this dark time in our history. Draper also provides resources that include websites and books on slavery that helped her in her research and writing this book. I think reluctant readers would like this book as well.

  • Erin Isgett
    2019-03-22 11:50

    Another fantastic historical fiction story written for young adults, but that I would suggest everyone read. The story of an enslaved African girl and a white indentured servant are told and entwined, and I was tied to both of them quickly and intensely. There are many very difficult issues addressed in the book, but they are things that actually happened to people who were enslaved. I think it is extremely important to be aware of atrocities that people both inflicted and experienced, instead of glossing over them and viewing history through G-rated lenses. I can remember going to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC as a high school sophomore and being horrified as the seemingly simple word "Holocaust" took on true meaning as I saw photographs, videos, and displays that spelled out exactly what abominable things had been done to one group of people by another. When we better understand our history, we are better able to influence our present and future for good.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-02 18:01

    I read this because it's on a high school summer reading list in Philadelphia this summer. It captured me from the start! Both heart-breaking and inspiring, this book of historical fiction follows Amari, an African girl from her life in Africa to her life as a slave in the South. The story is also interesting because it includes Polly, an indentured white girl. While critics have stated that the bond Amari and Polly eventually develop is unrealistic, I, for one, believe that racial reconciliation can and does take place! Cool to learn about Fort Mose, Florida, too. Who knew that some slaves escaped to the South? I didn't. :)

  • Shelagh Rice
    2019-04-11 14:52

    I wavered between a 3 or 4 stars. This book is a very good depiction of the Southern States in the 1700's where Slavery is the norm. A young African girl grabbed from her village and shipped to America and sold. Along the way she befriends an indentured white girl (one step up from a slave only because she is white). The characters are well rounded and believable and the story feels authentic from the very beginning. This period in history always makes an uncomfortable read, but these stories must be told lest we forget.

  • Chanice
    2019-04-03 17:14

    One of my favorite books of all times. There are no words but amazing.

  • Yaya
    2019-04-12 10:47

    This left me heartbroken. It was amazing.

  • Asher Lafferty-McGill
    2019-04-18 16:12

    In the small village of Ziavi, Amari, a 15 year old girl has never been happier. She is engaged to the love of her life, and everything seems that it is as it should be. Until one day, when new strangers enter her village, and everything falls apart. Amari gets thrown into a world she has never known before with a language she is forced to learn in order to survive. As her new life in slavery continues, Amari goes from chains to boats, to different names and places, and meets new friends who show her the true meaning of hope and staying who you are, even after the world turns cold against you.Throughout Copper Sun, one word stands out from the rest in this amazingly detailed book: hope. It guides Amari through her journey, and is one of the only things that keeps her going while she tries to understand the new way of life that is being expressed around her. For example, at one point in the book, Amari is on a slave ship that is headed to America. After a conversation she has had with one of her friends, she thinks to herself, “Shall I throw myself overboard?”, “It would be so much easier to give up and die. Yet she could not do that. And she didn’t know why.” It is later revealed that Amari decides she needs to live for the ones she lost, and hope strongly surges through her veins when she comes to this decision. The author, Sharon M. Draper, shows the concept of hope numerous times throughout Copper Sun, and each time it is mentioned or referenced, the words tug and pull at your heartstrings more and more. In order to convey the theme of this book, the uses of pathos (appeals to emotions) and anecdotes (short stories) are needed to be mentioned in order for the audience to understand what is happening, and how hope is connected to that specific situation. Even if hope does play a strong part in this book, it is also very hard to keep. As Amari begins working at the Derby plantation, she is given a new name to show exactly who she belongs to. Rather than being called her real name, Amari feels downgraded and a lot of anger as she slowly loses herself and becomes Myna. As she struggles to figure out if she is truly Amari or Myna, new, unexpected challenges and responsibilities emerge and push her harder to find herself, as well as freedom for her and her friends. As someone who is a fan of historical fiction, this is definitely a must read. Anyone who has read books by Ann Rinaldi, such as Hang A Thousand Trees With Ribbons or Taking Liberty, will fall in love with this book! You feel for Amari as she loses and finds herself, and long to run away from the plantation and its horrors as if you were in Amari’s situation. Draper put many incredible details into this book, and it makes it all worth reading. If you’re not a fan of history or minor, gruesome details though, this book may not be for you. Either way, Copper Sun is a must read for those longing to find hope and are willing to make the journey to find it.

  • Zachary Ostroff
    2019-03-24 13:48

    Copper sun by, Sharon Draper book review Slavery was a brutal and sickening time in American History. Copper Sun by, Sharon Draper, paints that picture perfectly, this book talks about the struggle african americans had during these times.Copper Sun by, Sharon Draper starts in Africa 1738, a group of slave traders attacks a girl named Amari’s, village and murders everyone who is not fit to work including her little brother. She then is transported to Carolina where she is sold to the highest bidder. This book is Amari’s Journey to freedom.I think the author's style was good but sometimes she would get way too into detail and it would gross me out. For example the living conditions for the slaves on the slave ships were explained in great detail. But other than that, the writing style was pretty good. There was symbolism in the book which was another nice touch to it.My opinion is that this book is decent, I believe the plot is good and that it makes you want to read more the more you read. I believe that this book is not for the light hearted but if you don't get grossed out easily you'll be fine. This book would also be great for readers who like historical fiction. So overall I would recommend this book to another person.

  • Maria Nieto-Merino
    2019-04-20 14:14

    COPPER SUN: THE STORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GIRL How can your life change so much in a very little amount of time? Copper Sun was a book full of insight that shows us how life was, not so far away from now. It was about a girl, Amari who was from Africa, she had fifteen years old and had a normal life, but it suddenly changes dramatically when she is captured by traders, right after they killed her family. This book shows the courage of this girl who stays strong even in very difficult situations. It also shows us the value of having that courage in life because she stays with it during mostly all the book and we can see how that is rewarded in the situation of the main character. This book, written by Sharon Draper, although a very interesting novel, it had some complex vocabulary such as “disdain” or “ruffle”, which was difficult to follow, but it was a readable book after all. The writer uses third person, it's very realistic and describes with all details how life was then. This is a very interesting book, the best part was the first one, when they were very happy in their town, the author achieved that sensation of happiness in the reader. Although itis not for everyone, people who like true and historical stories would enjoy this book.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-03 11:59

    This book is about a young girl named Amari, who is taken from her village to be sold as a slave, but she bravely escapes and finds freedom. She gets help to gain her freedom by her friend Polly who stays by her side. Unfortunately there is also this boy, Clay, who mistreats Amari, Polly, and a bunch of others very badly. Amari starts her story by living a happy life in her village until a group of slave traders capture her and take her on a horrible journey to the Carolinas to be a slave. There she is taken to be sold as a slave on the Derbyshire farm where she is treated beaten and mistreated horribly.