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.
"Draper builds the explosive tension to the last chapter, and the sheer power of the story, balanced between the overwhelmingly brutal facts of slavery and Amari's ferocious survivor's spirit, will leave [listeners] breathless, even as they consider the story's larger questions about the infinite costs of slavery and how to reconcile history." (Booklist)
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A great story for all to read
I listened to this book because my daughter had it over the summer as a reading assignment. I was in awe of the story and how real it felt, I could visualize it all as if I was there. It kept my interest from beginning to end and opened up alot of dialogue with me and my daughter about slavery. I would recommend anyone to listen to this book. Well done Sharon Draper and Myra Taylor did an awesome job narrating.
Amari was my favorite character. She endured so much and you learn through her how to persevere and stay strong.
Teenie was my favorite.
Amari was the most memorable character. For a young girl to see her family killed, endure the struggles that she encountered. You learn the true meaning of strength through this young girl.
- M. LaCue