Paperback - 2014
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From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Towers Falling and Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick) comes a tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.
Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn't make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner's son.
Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2014
ISBN: 9780316043069


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Jan 31, 2014

A little bit simplistic in nature but still a solid read. Newly freed slaves on plantation adjust to new situation that seems the same. Supposedly there free but now they have to pay for room and food. Sugar longs to be truly free and is a spunky young girl. She ends up making friends with the plantation owners son and also with the new Chinese men that come to their place.

m2 Oct 04, 2013

Sugar is a very compelling read -- I wanted to read it in one sitting. It is also beautifully and poetically told. Somehow she makes the post slavery period assessible even for 4th - 6th graders. Perhaps due to that, the climax is less climactic than it could be and the denouement a bit swift and simple.The joy of learning about new cultures and the brief hope of working well together is conveyed so warmly -- this is a book to savor.


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Sep 18, 2016

pink_cat_2494 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99


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