Strangers arrive at Amari's African village.  Just as the welcoming ceremony begins, the strangers start firing guns and beating the villagers.  Stunned, Amari watches as her family and friends are murdered.  Some, including Amari, are dragged away and shipped to the Carolinas where they are sold to the highest bidder.  Amari is bought by a wealthy plantation owner who gives her to his son for his birthday.  She endures many hardships on board the ship and at the hands of her owner, but throughout it all, Amari finds the strength to survive.  She finds a friend in Polly, an indentured white girl, and together they escape in search of freedom.  Sharon Draper portrays the horrors of slavery and the unbelievable strength of a young girl in Copper Sun, an engaging book from start to finish.

 

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