Copper Sun

>> Thursday, June 20, 2013

Author: Sharon Draper
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN-13:  978-0-689-82181-3
ISBN-10: 0-689-82181-6  
Year Published: 2008
No. Pages: 302
Genre: Historical Fiction
Main Character Gender: Female
Read & Reviewed by: Katie

Fifteen-year-old Amari loves life in her home village in Africa. She spends her days teasing her younger brother Kwasi and daydreaming about her soon-to-be husband Besa. Amari’s carefree life changes when Besa spots a band of white-skinned Europeans heading down the path to their village. A feast is declared to welcome the visitors.

The village of Ziavi puts on a celebration full of storytelling, dancing and drumming. Before they can finish the festivities the visitors start killing the adults and young children of the village. Her brother tries to get her to run into the jungle but as they do, he is shot and Amari is chained and forced to walk across Africa with others from her village for days on end. Amari is soon packed onto a ship where those who die are tossed overboard. Amari survives with the encouragement of a woman named Afi, as she soon discovers that she is aboard a slave ship. Upon arrival to America, she is bought by Mr Derby, a rich white man as a birthday present for his son. Amari meets Polly, an indentured servant and the two girls bond with one another in order to survive. Will Amari ever find the freedom she dreams of?

My Beating Teenage Heart

>> Monday, June 3, 2013

Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Recommended Age:  Young Adult
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN:  978-0-385-67042-5
Year Published:  2011
No. Pages:  272
Genre:  Fantasy/ Realistic Fiction
Main Character Gender: Mixed
Read & Reviewed by: Zabrina

 "The first moment is utter darkness. The absence of thought, the absence of everything. An absence that stretches infinitely backwards and threatens to smother your sanity-if there was a you, that is. But there's not. I am nothing and no one. I never was. I must not have been because otherwise, wouldn't I remember?"

Fifteen-year-old Ashlyn Baptiste doesn't know where she is or what's happened to her. She doesn't seem to have a body but she has thoughts and feelings. She watches over seventeen-year-old Breckon's life without him knowing. She knows Breckon more than she knows herself. Every little thing he does brings back little details of Ashlyn's childhood. As Breckon’s life is falling apart piece by piece. He grieves his little sister. This novel is the story of two unexpected deaths and how they become intertwined.


Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Recommended Age: 10 +
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN:  978-1-4169-5422-4
Year Published: 2009
No. Pages: 308
Genre: Fantasy
Main Character Gender: Male
Read & Reviewed by: Aaron

In this second installment of The Missing series, Jonah discovers that he is a missing child from the past, abducted from 1483 and brought to modern times. Before he knows it, Chip and another boy, Alex, are zapped back to the 15th century along with Jonah and his sister Katherine, who grab onto the boys at the last moment and end up in a time period in which they don’t belong. Chip discovers he is young King Edward V and Alex is his younger brother, the Duke of York. Although that seems like enough of a problem, they discover that their uncle intends to kill them so that he can be King instead. Can Jonah and Katherine save Chip and Alex from their fate?

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