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In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.

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ISBN 9780316043052
Barcode 9780316043052
Published 14 May 2013 by Little, Brown
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Rhodes, Jewell Parker
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ISBN-13 9780316043052
ISBN-10 0316043052
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date 14 May 2013
International Publication Date 7 May 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Historical Fiction
Racism, Sexism & Prejudice
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Race relations, African Americans, Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877), Chinese Americans, Plantation life - Louisiana
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 319763

Description of this Book

Ten-year-old Sugar has lived on the River Road sugar plantation her whole life, and, just a few years after slavery has been abolished, life is still tough. She spends long days in the fields, cutting cane until her hands bleed. Sugar's mama has passed away, and her daddy is long gone, leaving her in the care of old Mister and Missus Beale. They mean well, but they can't quite contain Sugar's lively spirit and tendency to get herself into trouble. Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and finds her chance when a group of Chinese laborers come to help in the fields. She wants to know everything about them, but the rest of her group shies away, not ready to embrace these folks who are so very different. As she builds relationships with young Chinese worker Beau and wise elder Master Liu, alongside her other forbidden friend, Billy, the plantation owner's rambunctious son, Sugar learns how she can use her knack for storytelling and song to bridge the gap and help everyone work to build a brighter future. Following Ninth Ward, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor book and an Al Roker Book Club pick, Jewell Parker Rhodes offers another celebration of hope, change, the triumph of the underdog, and the African American experience in the deep South.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Jane Addams Children's Book Award (Books for Older Children) 2014 -- Short-listed for South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (Children's) 2014 -- Short-listed for Black-Eyed Susan Award (Grades 4-6) 2014 -- Short-listed for Volunteer State Book Awards (Intermediate) 2015 -- Short-listed for William Allen White Childens Book Award (Grades 3-5) 2016
NZ Review A magical story of hope. -- Kirkus Reviews
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

StartFragment Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids selection. You can visit Jewell online at www.jewellparkerrhodes.com EndFragment

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