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Copper Sun: Introduction
Copper Sun: Plot Summary
Copper Sun: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Copper Sun: Themes
Copper Sun: Quotes
Copper Sun: Characters
Copper Sun: Terms
Copper Sun: Symbols
Copper Sun: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sharon Draper
Historical Context of Copper Sun
Other Books Related to Copper Sun
- Full Title: Copper Sun
- When Written: 1996–2005
- Where Written: Ohio
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical Fiction; Young Adult Novel
- Setting: West Africa and the North American colonies, 1738
- Climax: Amari and Polly shoot Clay Derby, tie him up, and leave him to fend off a rattlesnake.
- Antagonist: Mr. Derby, Clay Derby, racism, slavery, sexism
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Copper Sun
True Story. Francisco Menéndez, whom Draper portrays in Copper Sun, was a real and highly celebrated figure. As Inez explains in the novel, Menéndez escaped slavery and was recaptured several times—once at sea, where he was purportedly whipped 200 times but still returned to Fort Mose. Following the British acquisition of Spanish Florida, Menéndez evacuated to Cuba and set up a settlement similar to Fort Mose.
Reading Across Continents. In 2008, Copper Sun was selected for the Reading Across Continents project, which had students in the U.S., Nigeria, and Ghana read three novels, one by an author from each country. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Purple Hibiscus; The Thing Around Your Neck) represented Nigeria, while Ama Ata Aidoo (Our Sister Killjoy; Changes) represented Ghana.