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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date January 10, 2006
Pages 302
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780689821813
ISBN-10 0689821816
Dimensions 1.12 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $17.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Having watched her village torched, witnessed her family killed, and been kidnapped by slave traders, Amari arrives on Mr. Derby's Carolina plantation afraid and confused, yet with time and hard work, she learns the language, befriends another slave, and struggles to attain her one true goal: to be a free person once again.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are here to capture the strongest, healthiest villagers and to murder the rest. They are slave traders. And in the time it takes a gun to fire, Amari's life as she's known it is destroyed, along with her family and village.

Beaten, branded, and dragged onto a slave ship, Amari is forced to witness horrors worse than any nightmare and endure humiliations she had never thought possible -- including being sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who gives her to his sixteen-year-old son, Clay, as his birthday present.

Now, survival and escape are all Amari dreams about. As she struggles to hold on to her memories in the face of backbreaking plantation work and daily degradation at the hands of Clay, she finds friendship in unexpected places. Polly, an outspoken indentured white girl, proves not to be as hateful as she'd first seemed upon Amari's arrival, and the plantation owner's wife, despite her trappings of luxury and demons of her own, is kind to Amari. But these small comforts can't relieve Amari's feelings of hopelessness and despair, and when an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Polly decide to work together to find the thing they both want most...freedom.

Grand and sweeping in scope, detailed and penetrating in its look at the complicated interrelationships of those who live together on a plantation, Copper Sun is an unflinching and unforgettable look at the African slave trade and slavery in America.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780689821813 Book cover for 9780786289486
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (September 20, 2006)
9780786289486 | details & prices | 417 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 10-12 | 1.20 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
The price comparison is for this edition
from Atheneum (January 10, 2006)
9780689821813 | details & prices | 302 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.12 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 1.05 lbs | List price $17.99
About: Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781416953487
 
Reprint edition from Atheneum (January 1, 2008)
9781416953487 | details & prices | 314 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.68 lbs | List price $10.99
About: Having watched her village torched, witnessed her family killed, and been kidnapped by slave traders, Amari arrives on Mr.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417797028 Book cover for 9781435235526
 
With Sharon M. Draper | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (August 11, 2008)
9781435235526 | details & prices | 256 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.99
With Sharon M. Draper | from Turtleback Books (January 8, 2008)
9781417797028 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.38 lbs | List price $22.10
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