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4.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon M. Draper Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781440782046
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Fifteen-year-old Amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of her remote African village. She endures countless humiliations as she is beaten, branded, and forced to board a slave ship. The atrocities continue as she struggles through endless days of backbreaking work and daily degradation on a plantation. Somehow, through it all, Amari's hopes and dreams survive because there are moments of kindness from an indentured white girl, Polly and the gentle wife of the plantation owner. Amari and Polly find that by working together freedom could be possible. Award-winning author and educator Sharon M. Draper, known for her popular, contemporary teen novels, successfully tackles historical fiction and received starred reviews from Booklist and the School Library Journal. In this well-researched novel, Draper explores the inter-relationships of those who live on a plantation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Pauly | 2/16/2014

    " This book really puts into perspective what it was like for someone to be a slave. Imagine if slave traders came into your home, killed your family members and took you as prisoner. This story follows a fifteen-year-old girl. Amari, who is kidnapped from Africa, taken on a boat ride to America, sold as a slave and her escape attempts. Her life intertwines with a fifteen-year-old white indentured servant, Polly, who thinks her life is much different from Amari's. The girls find out they are more similar than they think and form a bond that may save their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli W | 2/3/2014

    " I loved reading Cooper Sun. It was heart-breaking but I could not put the book down. I learned a lot from reading this book. I loved the fact that Sharon put a lot of research into writing this book. This book deserves 5 stars:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 1/31/2014

    " As I wrote before, Morgan's class is going to be studying slavery soon, and the original book chosen by the teacher had too much adult material. This book was one of the recommendations the teacher gave me as a replacement book. Although the language was clean; I still found the overall sexual element a little overdone. This is the second book on slavery I've read in the last few weeks that almost becomes a soap opera. I'm still looking for a novel that will let my daughter see all of the horror of the slave era without exposing her to adult themes, and authors who are more interested in telling a shocking story than really presenting a realistic view of the era. I'm not trying to shield her from history, but I think there is a tasteful way to present the material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ollie | 1/30/2014

    " Inspirarional "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/19/2014

    " This book is great - really interesting setting & historical moment, great characters, IMPECCABLE use of the actual history (the research that went into writing this really impressed me) without being even a little bit academic. Good YA themes, too, by the way. Sensitive treatment of the feelings of a slave girl and her indentured servant friend, along with a gripping account of their various journeys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Tran | 1/16/2014

    " Eh, you know, I thought I would erally like this book. A lot of people around me praised it. So I thought: Why not give it a try? But when I read it, I found it beginnning to get exciting and then getting duller and duller. I understand the fact that the author is trying to be realistic, but really? The ending was just plain unresolved. So Tidbit never gets to see his mother, Polly may or may not see this guy that she is crushing on, and Amari is gonna give birth to a child who will be "free". But none of us will ever be free. All of us will be chained to something, and it'll always hold us back. Even if it's something extremely simple. It was indeed touching that they were all granted freedom at the end. However, the book just didn't satisfy me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Galloway | 1/9/2014

    " While it's not any one person's story, it is a story that should be told. I am reading it for a 10th grade novel study and I'm excited about the conversations that can open up. Beautiful and painful in the same breath. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mw16814 | 1/4/2014

    " This book was about a very serious topic. I was at many points shocked and horrified by the events in the book. That fit the subject well, and I think that violence was well used in this book. I'm sure it was very historically accurate, and I think it was fairly informative. However, considering all of this, I didn't like the tone the book was written in. Copper Sun was about such terrible events, and I felt like it was written like a young adult novel, like any number of vampire books. It confused me and really annoyed me that a book about such horrifying things could be written in nearly the same tone as Twilight! Nothing against Sharon Draper, I did like this book and I found it very informative and historically accurate, but I personally just didn't like the tone of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valencia Valcin | 12/28/2013

    " The book was okay. It's strangely happy considering it was about slavery. The book isn't very detailed when it gets to scenes such as lashings and rape which made it lenient to read. If stuff scares you easily, I would suggest this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Martinez | 12/26/2013

    " I liked this book because it showed how the slave trade really was and it also showed the way many people tried to ger their freedom and how hard they tried to get that far. I recomend this book to many people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 12/15/2013

    " I loved the ending!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kseniya Zelenaya | 12/5/2013

    " This was actually really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Krueger | 12/4/2013

    " KK had to read this book for school so I thought I would read it as well. It will open your eyes to how slaves were treated, and show you how resilient the human spirit can be. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hart R. | 11/22/2013

    " I thought it was a really well wrote book and the POV changes were a good addition. The author could have had Tidbits POV during the journey because he had a large role. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karennn(: | 9/7/2013

    " it taught me a lot more than what i knew about how slavery worked back then, it also made me cry which rarely happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Safranek | 6/26/2013

    " This book was outstanding. According to her discussion at the end, Draper did extensive research before and during the writing of this novel. The events are harrowing and beyond what I've read in the past. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Hennessy | 1/6/2013

    " LOVE this book! I use it as a read aloud to my students at school. I have never been able to read it without crying! So sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Brown | 9/12/2012

    " This book was incredible. While I read it in my search for children's literature with a Florida base, Sharon Draper carried me through many states as the main character raced towards freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kourtney Lovert | 9/8/2012

    " In all honesty, this is currently my favorite book. It's so raw and it really got me thinking about the trials and tribulations of my ancestors. I would recommend this book to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skylar Vance | 8/11/2012

    " I really liked this book, sheds a new light on what it was like for the slaves and indentures of colonial Britain/America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura C. | 2/19/2012

    " I <3 this book!!! an amazing, heartbreaking, touching, and inspirational book. Showed me how lucky i am to live the way i do "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikayla | 4/28/2011

    " This book opened my eyes to how strong I as a young female can be.The main character is also a young female.She struggled trough seeing loved ones die, being on a slave ship, and being rapped, yet she still stayed strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/10/2011

    " Good book. Draper tastefully addresses many of the horrible issues slaves dealt with. The indentured experience was also interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 4/9/2011

    " This book made me cry because I didn't really know what Africans were really going through.To see the life of a slave and how she was raped and didn't have any family due to the struggle of surviving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Black Queen | 4/7/2011

    " This book was very sad, that I couldn't even read it the second time. Becuase it was so sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KhayLa | 4/4/2011

    " This book was A to the M to the A to the Z to the I to the N to the GGG! I love historical fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priya | 3/29/2011

    " Wow... this was really enlightening. I learned a lot of terrible stuff about the African slave trade and the living conditions of slaves that I never knew about before. "

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About the Author
Author Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. 

About the Narrator

Myra Lucretia Taylor has appeared on Broadway in Nine (for which she won a Tony Award), Macbeth, Electra, Mule Bone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her film and television credits include Law & Order, OZ, Changing Lanes, Unfaithful, and Everyone Says I Love You. She is the recipient of six Earphones Awards and is also a Fox Fellow.