Copper Sun

Written by:
Sharon M. Draper
Narrated by:
Myra Lucretia Taylor

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2008
8 hours 58 minutes
In this “searing work of historical fiction” (Booklist), Coretta Scott King Award–winning author Sharon M. Draper tells 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.

Amari's life was once perfect. 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. But that was what happened when her village was invaded by slave traders. Her family was brutally murdered as she was dragged away to a slave ship and sent to be sold in the Carolinas. There she was bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a 'birthday present'.

Now, survival is all Amari can dream about. As she struggles to hold on to her memories, she also begins to learn English and make friends with a white indentured servant named Molly. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Molly seize it, fleeing South to the Spanish colony in Florida at Fort Mose. Along the way, their strength is tested like never before as they struggle against hunger, cold, wild animals, hurricanes, and people eager to turn them in for reward money. The hope of a new life is all that keeps them going, but Florida feels so far away and sometimes Amari wonders how far hopes and dreams can really take her.

'Action-packed, multifaceted, character-rich.'—SLJ, starred review

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021) • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book • ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA) • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society • ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award • Multiple State Awards
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Danielle J

We bought this book to listen to on our family road trip through Florida & Georgia. It was so moving, thought provoking and so captivating that my three children aged 14,12 & 10 couldn't wait for each journey to listen to the story. We all felt so close and so passionately about the characters that we ended up visiting Fort Mose Museum in Florida, just to see for ourselves a piece of real history, brought to life by this wonderfully written book. Every child over 12 should read this, it was an incredible read. The narration was great, we were all very impressed.

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very intriguing! great read!!

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