Copper Sun

Copper Sun

by Sharon M. Draper
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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Copper Sun is 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780786289486
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: 25897 Gale Large Print
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.13(d)
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. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for well 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

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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!
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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 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 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
Best Book Ever!!! Great Read for pre-teens to adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever