Shes also the recipient of the coretta scott kingjohn steptoe author award for new talent for tears of a tiger and the coretta scott king author honor for the battle of jericho and november blues. In her own voice, author and poet nikki grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a memoir in verse. The authors theme in this book is to show what a teenage girl, whose black, has to go through when she becomes a slave. Sharon draper is a twotime coretta scott king awardwinning author, most recently for copper sun, and previously for forged by fire. This is my first read of author sharon draper and will not be my last. The authors decision to use the kind of theme draws attention from its readers and allows them to feel more involved. First simon pulse edition january 2008 the library of congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows. 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 awardwinning novel. I was angry, sad, frustrated, happy for any little meager piece of relief and finally i sighed.
Fifteenyearold amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of. One was a young slave girl, and another was an american indentured servant. From the moment the first line was finished, i was captured. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have ima. Designed by sonia chaghatzbanian the text of this book was set in life. 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. Lastly amari shows bravery when she escapes with tidbit and polly from the derbys plantation on that treacherous journey south. The book has eleven parts in which amari and polly take turns telling what is going on in the book. Powells books the worlds largest independent bookstore. The book copper sun is told by a slave named amari and an indentured servant named polly. A book is also a considerate option when giving to an acquaintance such as a coworker. In copper sun, draper shows her readers glimpses of the horrors of slavery, but keeps her descriptions general, making this book accessible to the fainthearted reader. Edwards award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.
Draper even includes a list of the resources she used in writing this book. Draper and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Copper sun is her first historical fiction and it is amazing as well as frighteningly authentic. Also available in an atheneum books for young readers hardcover edition. The characters that author sharon draper introduces are complex but still real and relatable. No one has time to read them all, but its important to go over them at least briefly. In on vanishing, lynn casteel harper argues that society needs a better approach to understand. It brings about enough to explain the wickedness and cruelty of slavery. Following her hugely successful string of modernreality, youngadult fiction, draper offers a historical novel featuring iron. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. This outstanding novel is about the harsh realities of slavery. Luckily, freebooksummary offers study guides on over top books from students curricula. This book follows the trials and tribulations of amari, a fifteenyearold african maiden. The more history that is involved means the more understandable some fiction stories will be.
I am hoping for another book if you could sum up copper sun in three words, what would they be. This 50page guide for copper sun by sharon draper includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 42 chapters, as well as several more indepth sections of. Copper sun welcome to the official site of sharon draper. It was kind of sad, though, and really conveyed deep meaning. She is known for her hazelwood and jericho series, copper sun, double dutch, out of my mind and romiette and julio. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Amari is desperate for freedom and wishes nothing more than to run away. The average student has to read dozens of books per year. A short essay on amari in copper sun by sharon draper. Check back regularly to find your next favourite book. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent more.
Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder, fifteenyearold amari has only one thing left of her own hope. 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. Books of the times dementia patients arent in their perfect mind. Following her hugely successful string of modernreality, youngadult fiction, draper offers a historical novel featuring iron shackles, the middle passage and runaway slaves. But that was what happened when her village was invaded by slave traders. But, this novel also demonstrates that there are people in this world eager to do the right thing. Copper sun is a book that i never would have thought about reading. Draper is a new york times bestselling author and recipient of the margaret a. An up and coming book blogger, she loves getting books from diverse points of view into the public eye. Powells is an independent bookstore based in portland, oregon. It was talking about slavery, through two different perspectives. Sharon draper is the author of several coretta scott king awardwinning books. Her portrayal of the characters matched the authors description and really bought the story to life.
The fact that the author did not misrepresent anything and told the raw truths that many of our children will never. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. Copper sun summary and study guide supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides for challenging works of literature. Cleveland native sharon draper, awardwinning author and graduate of the old john adams high school, switches literary styles in copper sun. Start a free 30day trial today and get your first audiobook free. This riveting novel was written by draper, a granddaughter of a slave. It was an honest take on slavery and incredibly moving. Copper sun is a 2006 young adult novel by coretta scott king awardwinning author sharon draper. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus. Coming in january multicultural childrens book day spotlight. Copper sun slave traders invade armaris african village and she is dragged to a ship bound for the carolinas. Families may find the violence, habitual rape, and cruelty described here a challenge to read about, but the story does succeed in connecting modern teens to a period in time. Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books.
The story is an emotional ride, and very hard to read. Sharon mills draper is an american childrens writer, professional educator, and the 1997 national teacher of the year. Sharon m draper two fifteenyearold girlsone a slave and the other an indentured servantescape their carolina plantation and try to make their way to fort moses, florida, a spanish colony that gives sanctuary. She is a fivetime winner of the coretta scott king award for books about the young and adolescent africanamerican experience. Draper is a new york times bestselling author who has received the coretta scott king award for both copper sun. Come and rediscover your favorite shows with fellow fans. It also shows that, even in the toughest times, you can find some good things. She has worked with teachers, students, schools, conferences, and educational organizations all over the world, spreading the word about the. Powered by create your own unique website with customizable templates. I think this is why sharon drapers book is called copper sun, like a setting copper sun as they run away.1413 1533 272 637 681 840 1456 1141 672 1355 236 234 550 1053 158 1354 481 461 332 115 916 1332 1091 1628 1280 594 1474 949 905 1142 939 930 1189 602 1300 129 679 673 566 449 339