I owe everyone an apology, as this book was on the Audible Daily Deal today, and I missed getting it posted. Bad Leiah! No Biscuit!
It’s been a hard week for me – not an excuse, just an explanation. My HiJinx is going downhill. Well, she is nearly 12, which is amazing for a Boxer – they usually hit about 10 and simply fade away. So I have been lucky – but with so much loss lately I find myself hanging on to her. So, sleep has been a matter of a few minutes here and there so that she doesn’t slip away while I sleep. Selfish, I know. But my housemate was home today, so I slept for hours on end knowing she would wake me if anything happens.
So, Back to Copper Sun. This looks like a really terrific listen. It actually caught my attention more than some because of what is going on in “the world today. Americans seem to have a built-in filter – a filter which wipes their brains of the fact that, while we kick and scream and come off all “Holier-than-Thou” when it comes to the “we are perfect when it comes to human rights” scenario. We aren’t, and we never were. Slaughter of the Native Americans, Slavery, our history is checkered, to say the least. Even today, slavery is rampant – though now it is white women and children who are the victims in massive sex trafficking rings.
Yes, we need to help the victims in other countries. But we also need to acknowledge our own history – and help the victims who still exist in America today.
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- Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins Unabridged Audiobook
- 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.
In this well-researched novel, award-winning author and educator Sharon M. Draper successfully embarks upon historical fiction to explore plantation life.
©2006 Sharon M. Draper; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC