Parents' Guide to

Copper Sun

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Raw, well-researched story of young enslaved girl.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

The value out weighs the complaints

This is an amazing book that offers students a real and honest depiction of the Middle Passage and slavery in the colonies. The author spent many years researching this novel to make sure it is accurate. It does have some tough scenes but keeps kids engaged and generates great conversation. Parents need to be open to having the conversations.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 13+

A Great Historically Accurate Depiction of Slavery

As a history teacher, I used this book to help my students visualize slavery. I can say it is historically accurate. A lot of reviews saying otherwise are simply untrue. Of course, the book is a fiction text so certain events seem unlikely to occur in real life. However, the way in which slavery is represented is 100% accurate. There is mild sexual content that highlights the rape and sexual violence of slave women, however, at some point, students will have to learn about it. The book does not explicitly detail sexual acts making it better for middle school students to read. Overall, my students love it and it helped them have a deeper understanding of Slavery.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (25 ):

COPPER SUN is a beautiful, gritty, horrific story. The characters that author Sharon Draper introduces are complex but still real and relatable. Families may find the violence, habitual rape, and cruelty described here a challenge to read about, but the story does succeed in connecting modern teens to a period in time that many view from the jaded distance of a textbook.

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