Copper Sun

Copper Sun

by Sharon M. Draper

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Overview

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 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 illusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439115114
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 137,308
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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CHAPTER 1

NOVEMBER NELSON

TUESDAY, MARCH 30

November Nelson lurched to the bathroom,feeling faint and not quite in control of her suddenly unsteady legs. She touched her forehead and found it warm and glazed with sweat. Sinking down on the soft blue rug in front of the toilet, she was grateful for the momentary stability of the floor. But her head continued to spin, and her stomach churned. She lifted the toilet lid, gazed into the water, and wished she could disappear into its depths. Her breath became more shallow, and her nausea more intense. Finally, uncontrollably, and forcefully, all her distress erupted and she lost her lunch in heaves and waves of vomiting. Pepperoni pizza.

She flushed the toilet several times as she sat on the floor waiting to feel normal again. Finally she stood up shakily, gargled with peppermint mouthwash, and peered at herself in the mirror.

"You look like a hot mess," she whispered to her reflection.

Her skin, instead of its usual coppery brown, looked gray and mottled. She hadn't combed her hair all day, so it was a halo of tangles.

November knew her mother would be home soon and would be angry to find out she'd skipped school. She didn't care. Her thoughts were focused on the package in her backpack. Even though she knew the house was empty, she made sure the bathroom door was locked. She dug the little purple and pink box out of her book bag and placed it on the sink. It seemed out of place in her mother's perfectly coordinated powder blue bathroom.

With trembling hands she unwrapped the plastic and opened the box. She read the directions carefully. She looked out of the small bathroom window and watched the last of the early spring snow melting on the grass. Everything looked the same, but she knew in her heart that it was all different now.

November finally turned back to the little white tube in the box and followed the instructions, which were written, she noticed, in Spanish and French as well. Three minutes later the indicator silently screamed the news that she already suspected. She was pregnant. Copyright © 2006 by Sharon M. Draper

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A searing work of historical fiction." — Booklist, starred review

"Action-packed, multifaceted, character-rich." — SLJ, starred review

Reading Group Guide

COPPER SUN
By Sharon M. Draper

ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon M. Draper, 1997 National Teacher of the Year, is an award-winning author and educator. Her books for young adults include Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire (winner of the 1998 Coretta Scott King Award), Darkness Before Dawn, Romiette and Julio, Double Dutch, The Battle of Jericho (winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King Honor Award), and Copper Sun, as well as the popular books for younger readers in the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series. She has worked with teachers, students, schools, conferences, and educational organizations all over the world, spreading the word about the power of education and the magic of reading. Visit her Web site at www.sharondraper.com.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Copper Sun is a work of historical fiction. How does the blending of history and fiction make for a successful story? Which elements are purely fictional? Which elements are basically historical? Why does learning history through fiction make the story more memorable? How does this method of telling the story affect the reader's response?
2. The very first page, just before chapter one, tells of a slave sale and how it must feel to be fifteen years old, stripped naked, and standing on the auction block. Describe the feelings and fears of the girl being sold. What predictions can the reader make about the girl and the rest of the story?
3. As you first meet Amari, even though she lives in the Africa of two hundred years ago, how is she like many fifteen-year-old girls today? How is she different? What strengths do you find in her family and home life? What negatives do you observe?
4. How is the relationship between Besa and Amari similar to teen relationships today? How is it different? Describe how Amari feels about him. What predictions can you make about their future together?
5. Describe the relationship between Amari and her parents, and between Amari and her little brother, Kwasi. How does the strength of her family make a difference in her life?
6. What do you know of the village of Ziavi from the descriptions given in the text? How would you describe the social structure, family structure, and cultural structure of the community? How did the custom of graciousness to guests become a death sentence for the town? Explain why the Ashanti helped the European killers.
7. Besa's great skill and source of pleasure is his drum playing. The people of the village love music and singing and dancing and self-expression. Explore the importance of artistic influences on individuals as well as groups of people. How can self-expression be used as a tool for helping or healing?
8. Amari's parents are killed, along with most of the people in her village. How do you think you would react in the same situation? What options does Amari have? What option does Tirza choose and why? What option does Kwadzo choose and why? Why does Amari continue on? Describe what you think Amari is thinking as they are forced to walk across the countryside.
9. Describe the horrors of Cape Coast Castle, the Door of No Return, and the branding on the beach. How does Amari survive? What necessary survival techniques would you have to develop to survive those experiences?
10. Amari makes friends with people who help her survive, who give her the strength she needs at a crucial time in her life. Describe her relationship with Afi and explain the long- range and short-range influence of Afi on Amari's life.
11. Describe the Middle Passage as described in the novel. What is it about human beings that makes one person mistreat another? What is it about humans that makes us survive in spite of it?
12. Why do you think Bill decides to teach Amari English? What does this tell you about him? Why is learning the language a powerful tool for Amari?
13. Describe Amari's feelings as she is sold. What does she NOT know about her future that the reader probably does know? What would you have done in the same situation?
14. Discuss the character of Polly and how she comes across as we first meet her. What kind of life has she had? How does her past explain her attitudes? What advantages does Polly have in the society and in the story?
15. Discuss the first meeting between Polly and Amari. Why is this part of the story told from Polly's point of view?
16. How do Teenie and Tidbit and Hushpuppy add color and flavor to life on the plantation? What are their attitudes about being slaves? Give specific examples.
17. Discuss the character of Clay and his complicated feelings for Amari. Does he have any redeeming qualities, or is he purely a negative character? What about Clay's father? Does he have any redeeming qualities, or is he purely a negative character?
18. Explain the title of the novel. Why does the title have more than one possible interpretation? Find several examples of references to "copper sun" within the story.
19. Discuss the gradual development of the relationship between Polly and Amari. How is each girl unique? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? What does each girl offer that the other needs? What makes a friendship?
20. How is Mrs. Derby almost like a slave herself? What predictions did you make about Mrs. Derby and Noah? What foreshadowing is given to prepare the reader for what happens?
21. Why would Mr. Derby be socially and legally justified by what he did to Noah and the baby? Why didn't Dr. Hoskins speak up? Why is tragedy more memorable and more powerful than happiness in a novel?
22. What was the overall effect of the gator bait scene? How do you think Tidbit felt when he was in the water? How do you think his mother felt? Amari tried to object, but endangered Tidbit by doing so. How do you think she felt?
23. Why didn't more slaves rise up and protest or fight back? What social and cultural pieces were in place to prevent it?
24. Discuss the argument between Amari and Polly over whether to go north or south. Why was it extremely unusual to choose a southern route? What does this show about Amari's personality?
25. On the journey we find out more about Polly's family and her background. How did Polly's parents and her relationship with them shape the person that Polly became?
26. Describe the difficulties of traveling by night, all alone, with no food and no real guarantee that the place you are heading to really exists. How would you have survived the trip? What seemed to be the most difficult for the travelers?
27. What does Amari learn about herself, her past, and her future through her reunion with Besa?
28. How do you think Amari, Polly, and Tidbit felt when they finally reached their destination? What was disappointing about the place when they finally saw it? What was reassuring?
29. What predictions can you make about Amari in the next five years? Will the three of them still be together or will Polly have gone off on her own? How has Amari grown and changed?
30. What did you learn about Africa, the Middle Passage, slavery, and African-American history that you did not know before? How has it changed your thinking, if any?
ACTIVITIES & RESEARCH
1. You are a reporter at one of the following scenes. Write the story for your newspaper.
• The destruction of Ziavi
• A day in Cape Coast Castle
• A day on the slave ship
• A day on a plantation
• For a slave
• For a slave owner
• The day Teenie found out Tidbit was alive
• Clay and the snake
2. Minor characters are often very important in the development of a story. How do the following characters influence the journey of Amari, Polly, and Tidbit? How do they balance some of the horror that had previously happened?
• Dr. Hoskins
• Cato
• Nathan
• Fiona
• Besa
• The Spanish soldier
• Inez
• Captain Menendez
3. Find a map of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and trace the route that the three travelers might have taken as they walked from Columbia, South Carolina, to St. Augustine, Florida. How long would the trip have taken if they had been able to go by boat? What if they had been able to go by car?
4. Research the history of slavery in the United States. Look up the Triangle Trade and find out why selling human beings was one of the most profitable business ventures available.
5. Write a letter to one of the characters in the book explaining your feelings about the events in the story. What advice would you give Amari, or Polly, or Mrs. Derby, or Teenie or Besa? What would you say to Clay?
6. Imagine it is one year after the end of the novel. Create a conversation between the following characters:
• Polly to Amari
• Amari to Polly
• Amari to Tidbit
• Polly to Nathan
• Amari to Inez
7. In journal form, write the life of Mrs. Derby for several months. Include details about her inability to live her own life as she sees fit.
8. Trace the story of one of the following characters. Imagine you are a reporter doing a story on one of their lives. Write everything you know, as well as whatever you can infer about the character in order to write your magazine article.
• Besa
• Clay
• Teenie
• Inez
• Dr. Hoskins
9. Write a biography of Clay Derby, focusing on his childhood. Include details about his mother, his father, his stepmother, and his thoughts while growing up or write a biography of Polly, focusing on her childhood. Include details about her mother, her father, and her thoughts while growing up.
10. All of Teenie's witticisms are authentic southern sayings. Look up the development of such sayings and how they reflect the culture of the south. Find out if the language patterns are racial or cultural in nature.
WRITING ACTIVITIES
1. POINT OF VIEW PAPER
• "Polly watched, fascinated, as the girl squirmed and screeched and babbled incoherently. Polly wondered if Negroes from Africa had feelings and intelligent thoughts, or if that gibberish they spoke was more like the screaming of monkeys or the barking of dogs...The young Master Derby carried a small whip, and he used it liberally to make Noah work faster. Polly noticed the slave breathed slowly and loudly, as if he were tense, but he made no attempt to stop the young man from hitting him. She was always amazed at how much abuse slaves took without it seeming to bother them. Perhaps they didn't feel pain the way others did — she wasn't sure."
Read the quote above and explain how the point of view of the character who makes the observation influences the description. What is slanted about the descriptions given? Why is personal observation not always fair and unbiased? Use examples from the book to support your statements.
2. DESCRIPTIVE PAPER
• "The first path they traveled was the long road that led from their village to the big river several miles away. It seemed as if even the trees bowed their heads as they passed. The birds, normally full of chatter, were silent as the group marched past them for the last time...The sunset that evening was unlike any Amari had ever seen. The spirit of the copper sun seemed to bleed for them as it glowed bright red against the deepening blue of the great water. It sank slowly, as if saying farewell. The shadows deepened and darkness covered the beach."
Using the passage above as a guide, write a descriptive paper that uses sensory imagery. Use vivid verbs and powerful adjectives and adverbs as you write. Use as many of the senses as you can—sight, sound, smell, touch, taste — as well as deep, rich colors.
3. NARRATIVE PAPER
• "Before she had a chance to absorb it all, a man dragged her to what looked like a goat pen. A fire burned brightly in the center of it, even though the day was very warm, and the man was steering her toward it, Amari realized with fear. Was she going to be cooked and eaten now? Why couldn't she have died with her family? she thought wildly. Panicked, she tried to pull away from the man, but his grip only tightened."
Write a narrative paper from the point of view of a slave who cannot speak the language of his captors and who does not understand what is going on or why. Tell their story as they try to grasp the enormity of what is happening to them.
4. RESEARCH PAPER — Choose one of the following research topics:
• 4a. "This be Fort Mose?" Amari asked, wanting to be absolutely sure they were in the right place.
"Sure is, chile. Gracia Real de Santo Teresa de Mosé."
"I done dream of this place," Amari said softly, "for very long time."
Fort Mose was a real place. Even though it is now underwater off the coast of Florida, it really existed and it offered safe haven to runaways. Research as much as you can about the place and how it operated. Find out about the museums and historical locations that celebrate its existence.
• 4b. "Huge doors opened and they were led inside. The bright sunlight was suddenly gone, and she had to adjust her eyes to the dismal gloom inside the structure. It smelled to her of blood and death. She could hear terrifying wails that seemed to be coming from the walls of the place."
Cape Coast Castle is a real place. Its remains still stand on the coast of Ghana, West Africa. Look up all you can on the castle. Find out about the cells, the number of slaves kept there, and what happened to those who passed through those gates.
• 4c. "Polly had never been this far from the big house. She had heard of the rice fields, but she stood amazed at what she saw. Two dozen black men and women, knee-deep in thick mud, bent over the delicate-looking rice plants. There was no shade anywhere, and Polly could see thick rivulets of sweat running down their faces. They moved slowly, joylessly."
Rice played an important role in the lives of the people on the plantation. Research the development of the rice crop in South Carolina and how it increased the need for slavery. Explain why it was necessary to bring in a rice crop.
5. EXPOSITORY PAPER
• "Amari shuffled in the dirt as she was led into the yard and up onto a slightly raised wooden table, which she realized gave the people in the yard a perfect view of the women who were to be sold. She looked at the faces in the sea of pink-skinned people who stood around pointing to them and jabbering in their language as each of the slaves was described. She looked for pity or even understanding, but found nothing but cool stares. They looked at her as if she were a cow for sale."
Write an expository (explanatory) paper on slave auctions and how they were carried out. Tell about the financial and economic gains that slavery brought to the buyers and sellers.
6. COMPARISON PAPER
• "I think we have arrived in a backwards world — where black skins are few and not respected, and pale skins seem to rule," Amari commented quietly.
• "Polly looked back at the slave sale. The women were wailing and acting as if something terrible was happening to them. Polly snorted and turned away. Living here in the colonies had to be better than living like a savage in the jungle. They ought to be grateful, she thought. She thought of the Negroes she'd known as a child — well-fed and happy slaves, with no worries about finding employment. No, she had no sympathy."
Write a paper that compares the subject of slavery from the slaves' points of view to slavery from the point of view of the dominant culture.
7. PERSUASIVE PAPER
• "'So why should I endure this? Why did you not let me just die in there?' Amari cried out.
'Because I see a power in you.' Afi lifted her shackled wrist and reached over to touch Amari. 'You know, certain people are chosen to survive. I don't know why, but you are one of those who must remember the past and tell those yet unborn.'"
• "Teenie touched Amari gently on her head, 'You got a strong spirit, Myna.' Amari just shrugged. She could see no reason for having such a strong spirit, nor could she see any hope in her future. She just survived each day. However, she couldn't help but think of Afi, who kept her alive during the horrors of the voyage to this place by telling her the same thing."
Write a persuasive paper that argues ONE of the following points:
• All human beings are given strong spirits in order to withstand the difficulties of life.
• Only certain individuals are given the strength of spirit needed to endure the difficulties of life.
• Certain individuals are chosen to survive to tell of the past to the next generation.
Whether you agree or disagree, your paper should address only one side of the issue. Use specific examples from the novel to support your points.
8. CHARACTER SKETCH
Write a character sketch of Tidbit — what made him unique — his personality, his charm, his love of life. Use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points.
9. POETRY
• "Polly pulled a leaf from an oak tree. 'Freedom is a delicate idea — like a pretty leaf in the air — it's hard to catch, and may not be what you thought when you get it," she observed quietly.
• "'Freedom not big. Freedom not pretty, Amari declared.' 'But freedom sure do feel good.'"
Write a poem about one of the following topics, or any topic of your choosing that seems to fit the themes of the novel:
• The Power of Hope
• Broken Mind, Broken Spirit
• Unbroken Mind, Unbroken Spirit
• Unlikely Friends
• The Beauty of Small Things
• The Middle Passage
• Death in the Night
• A Moment of Silence
• Glory Days

Vocabulary Define the following from the context of the novel:
Cassava
Fufu
Kente cloth
Ewe tribe
Ashanti tribe
Shackles
Coffle
Middle Passage
Indenture
Colony
Auction
Chattel
Manacles
Persecution
Prejudice
Discrimination
Servitude
Trafficking

For Further Discussion and Dialogue
on the Subject of Slavery and Freedom
1. A student recently said, "I don't care about slavery. That happened a long time ago, and I don't want to think about it in my life today. It is no longer important." What do you think about that statement? Tell why you agree or disagree. What would you tell that student if you had the chance to have a conversation?
2. Students in the United States enjoy lots of freedom. List some of the freedoms that you enjoy. Were these privileges always available to everyone? What might someone have had to do in order to make sure you have these freedoms? How does that make you feel about the privileges you enjoy?
3. Think back to when you were born. From that time to today is your history, and it is important. You learned, you made mistakes, and you grew. Discuss the importance of knowing your own personal history. Why is it important to study historical information about a country or a people? Why can't the past simply be ignored?
4. What happens if a rule or a law or a practice in a country is immoral or wrong? Who decides if it is right or wrong? What is done to change that law or rule or practice? How does one decide what to do?
5. Slavery was a period of extreme degradation of one group of people by another. What do you think were the short-term and long-term effects of slavery on both groups?
6. Discuss the destruction of slave families as people were bought and sold with no regard to their family structure. When slavery ended, what was the long-range result of this family destruction?
7. Estimate how many people were sold as slaves inside the United States between 1700 and the end of the Civil War. What was the long-term result?
8. Research advertisements for the sale of slaves during the internal slave trade. Analyze their impact on slaves.
9. Explain how slavery was an integral force in the shaping of American history.
10. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery, but did it end discrimination? Discuss discrimination as it exists in our world today.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I 1st got CopperSun it really didnt interest me...but when i got into the 3rd chapter I couldn't put it down! You must read it!! Oh and might I add I'm 12...and Im not the kind of girl who likes to read about scared little bratty kids..that's just LAME!! Sharon M. Draper makes books that are REAL! And that's what engulf's readers like me..Thank You.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Sharon M. 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 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book taught children how slavery was back in the days. It also taught me how fortunate I am to live in this period of life.. The author brought emotional life to horrible details of slavery. From the beginning, I became sightful of the heartbreaking journey of Amari, a 15-year-old African girl captured and used as slave in 1738. She was raped, beaten, and abused constantly. The story begins in Amari¿s village, but the scene explodes in bloodshed tears when slave captures arrive in her village and murders her family.Amari and her boyfriend, Besa, are shackled, and that begun unthinkable horrors from the slave fort, the Middle Passage, and auction on American shores, where a rice plantation owner buys Amari for his 16-year-old son's sexual enjoyment. In brutal happenings, the author shows the cruel things happened. But the last chapter was overwhelming with brutal facts of slavery and Amari's brave survivor's spirit, left me breathless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is the most awesome book by sharon draper she really did great with researching and writing this book and i wouldnt have even known there were indentured servants until i read this book i love you sharon m draper and i have read all her books and loved them
Tiye13 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most powerful books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Anyone who likes historical fiction should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amari is a fifteen year old young woman whose life is about to change before her eyes. Afer seeing her mom and young brother get slaughtered, Ameri now has to go on a long journey to the Americas.Ameri saw others get beaten, raped, and killed on her never ending journey. They were shipped like animal cargo across the ocean to a desturbing world. In America they would be sold off to be slaves for plantation owners. All Ameri dreams about is freedom and how good life was in Africa. The life she has to live now was nothing she had ever imagined. Amari must get use to her new life as a slave on a rice plantation with white owners. She meets a girl named Polly, an indentured servent, who olny wishes to work in the main house. After Amari, now named Myna, and Polly witness a murder they now have a chance to run for freedom. This book is amazing and it leaves you wanting to learn more about slavery. It also changes your perspective about slvery and what families went through back in slavery time.I recommend it for every class to read. Copper Sun won The Corretta Scott King award.
destinia More than 1 year ago
This book was full of surprising events. It was definately a page turner. From the very first page this book had you asking questions. It was a fast read. Amari, the main character, had to battle, and survive many obstacles that came into her pathway. Throughout book, the author shows you through the obstacles that Amari faced, that she was indeed, a very strong person. She didn't become strong overnight. It took her a while to get a grasp on things. But, through it all, she learned to have faith, be strong, and never give up no matter what. Although this book, left me at a clift. It was stil very amazing. If i could change any thing about this book it would be to continue on the story about what happens at the end.
barkbark More than 1 year ago
I L.O.V.E this book i could read it over and over again it makes you want to cry, happy and sad tears. S. Draper could have never made an even better book!!! I love Sharon Draper she is such a talented author!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Copper sun book Review Imagine the smell of the dirt and your feet aching as you step on the branches and thorns as you walk. Your hands clammy as you feel your way through the woods. You hear a noise and freeze, holding your breath with every step you glance back realizing its pitch black. Screaming on the inside you see arms in the distance but on the outside you still creep slowly in that direction carful not to make a peep. As usual they are just branches not arms but you can never be too sure. That is how you will feel reading Copper Sun. You take every movement, every breath, and every next step with the characters. It’s a story of a young slave girl named Amari. She meets an unlikely friend named Polly and together they fight slavery. It puts you back to a time when there was no television, no electronics, just friendship and nature. Amari and Polly meet good mentors and friends but also evil predators and slave owners who will take any opportunity to beat or even kill a slave or indentured girl. On their journey you watch them grow and learn more. Seeing this will help you learn more. It really helped me appreciate literature and what it can do. It’s crazy that literature can be so deep and be so in detail that it feels like your watching the ultimate movie. People say reading is imagination that reading requires imagination but, with this your mind explodes with color you can actually almost see the characters. This book is surprisingly action packed filled with emotion and exploding with detail anyone would love this book I know I sure did! Sharon Drapper sure outdid herself with this novel. Copper sun sadly does not have a sequil but your imagination Can do the rest for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like, oh my gosh, I love this book! I just can't so reading this book. It is a very emotional story. I MOST READ BOOK. PS- I was a 12 year old boy that do not like reading book, but this book got me insprire. Now I am 15 years old that own the book and rereading it again. It is a book that I will cherish forever. Not a lot of book get me. So when I book got me, it is a VERY GOOD BOOK then. Because I am stubborn reader. Ha Ha. But really this is a VERY EPIC BOOK! HAPPY READINGS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story and how it ends. Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The character Clay Durby creeps me out. Weirdo alert!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS NEED TO BE MOVIE FORREAL!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for English class, GLAD I DID. This is a huge eye opener to the way the world used to be. It is very entertaining because it's not like other novels about slaves. This book portrays what happens to ANYONE who goes against slavery. There's a ton of action and it's a great adventure. I recommend it to anyone who loves violence, drama, and action. If this book was made into a movie it would be on LifeTime Movie Network.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book.is an amazing piece of litature. It does contain alot of mature content. I dont recomend it to anyone under 13. I read it in school in 8th grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Copper Sun is such a fantastic book. I was overwhelmed when I finished reading this. The book is based on the time of the slave trade; it follows a young girl named Amari just at the age of 15 has to go through all the horrible things she went through. Life was perfect for Amari she was getting married soon. Life was great. As soon as the Europeans arrived Amari knew they were trouble. She meets a lady called Afi, who tells her all about why they have been captured. Amari could not believe anything Afi said about being sold she thought she was crazy .This Book talks about her Journey to the Americas. The “slaves” were branded and the “white” men as the people called them threw salty sea water on “slaves”. She was sold to a very cruel man called Mr. Derby. Amari often thought about her life back home, her friends, her parents who were killed in front of her, but most importantly Kwasi her little brother he was shot with an arrow that sliced threw his body like he was a tomato. Mr. Derby Bought Amari as a birthday present for his son Clay (who violently raped her night after night). Meet Polly a girl paying of her parent’s debt who is the same age as Amari. Polly thought she was better than Amari but as the story goes on she is no better than Amari. Mrs. Derby was about 8 months pregnant with what Mr. Derby thought was his baby But that’s not the case she was having Noah’s baby a slave she has had since she was a little girl who she was madly in love with. Polly and Amari try to help Mrs. Derby hide the baby from Mr. Derby. Mr. Derby finds out anyhow and Shoots Noah and The baby in front of everyone……………………. This is an amazing book and it makes you appreciate the little things in life, just think about all the horrible things she goes through getting raped, whipped and beaten every day. READ to find what happens to Amari if she and Polly Escape, who’s baby she has, and her struggle to find the Copper SUN ¿ -Thea Wallen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book sown as soon as i got it! If you haven't read this book before then you sould get it and read it. Either go and bye it (whitch i would do) or go and get it at the library. I don't care just go and read it. If you never read it then you will regret not reeading it. The book was that good! It did shock me at the end though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You obviously didnt read the book. Use your brain a little more and you could enjoy this powerful beautiful story. And if you had maybe explained why you thought the book was useless maybe i would listen to your argument. But i know thats much to hard for you.so just go somewhere sit down shut up like the ignoramus you are. Now back to the book. One word Inspiring Amari inspires me to push for respect faith and hope. I know some people are too dumb to get that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so sad! Well writtten heart wrenching tale of a slave. The best slave novel ever written by far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book is very well written with a lot of good historical information. The author did a great job having twists and turns throughout the novel. Once i started this book, i could not put it down! Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!! An awesome book and great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Son, this book really moves you cause of everything thats taking place. Sharon M. Draper creates a powerful novel relating back to the times if slavery-a period of time where African Americans endured so much and managed to survive thanks to the lasting hope of freedom. This is exactly how Amari feels. She knows that one day she could be free and she can move on with her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It 2019 and im just now reading this well atleast im reading it niw instead of never-S.P.