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Copper Sun
Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M. (Author)

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ISBN: 0689821816     ISBN-13: 9780689821813
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
OUR PRICE: $16.99  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2006

Annotation: When slave traders invade Amaris village, she is dragged to a slave 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 the face of hopelessness and despair.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - African American
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - Asian American
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2005005540
Age Level: 14-17
Grade Level: 9-12
Lexile Measure: 820(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 6.1" W x 9.1" (1.05 lbs) 320 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Friendship
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2008
Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee, High School, 2008
Nevada Young Readers' Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2009
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2008
Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, Nominee, Young Adult, 2008
Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee, High School, 2007
Tayshas Reading, Commended, Young Adult, 2007
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Nominee, Grades 9-12, 2008
Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee, Young Adult, 2007
Heartland Award, Winner, Young Adult, 2007
Sequoyah Book Awards, Nominee, Young Adult, 2009
Coretta Scott King Award, Winner, Author, 2007
Society of Midland Authors Award, Finalist, Children's Fiction, 2007
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 01/01/2006 pg. 39
Publishers Weekly 01/09/2006 pg. 55
School Library Journal 01/01/2006 pg. 130
Voice of Youth Advocates 02/01/2006 pg. 484 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Booklist 02/01/2006 pg. 61
Kliatt 01/01/2006 pg. 6
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2006 pg. 348 - Recommended
Black Issues Book Review 07/01/2006 pg. 32
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2006 pg. 357 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Multicultural Review 10/01/2006 pg. 100
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2006 pg. 38
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 104029
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In this "searing work of historical fiction" (Booklist), Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Sharon M. Draper tells the epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known--except hope.

Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and fortunate enough to live in a beautiful village, it never occurred to her that it could all be taken away in an instant. But that was what happened when her village was invaded by slave traders. Her family was brutally murdered as she was dragged away to a slave ship and sent to be sold in the Carolinas. There she was bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.

Now, survival is all Amari can dream about. As she struggles to hold on to her memories, she also begins to learn English and make friends with a white indentured servant named Molly. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Molly seize it, fleeing South to the Spanish colony in Florida at Fort Mose. Along the way, their strength is tested like never before as they struggle against hunger, cold, wild animals, hurricanes, and people eager to turn them in for reward money. The hope of a new life is all that keeps them going, but Florida feels so far away and sometimes Amari wonders how far hopes and dreams can really take her.

Contributor Bio(s): Draper, Sharon M.: - Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
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