2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Young Adult

What’s In My Ear: Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

There are lots of good and bad slave narratives out there. Lucky for you I stumbled across a good one:

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper


Here’s a bit about the book:

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.

Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the elusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?

Don’t be fooled by the sweet cover: there are mature topics like rape and murder that might not be suitable for younger readers. I would say 14 maybe? But oh what a great story. I loved hearing about the journey from the two different character’s points of view.  More people need to read this book and it would be a great addition to any study on the South and slavery.

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Adult Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


I knew this book was going to be good after I heard the author interviewed on my beloved Fresh Air.

Invention of Wings


I picked up the audio version at work because I thought it might be delightful to listen to. And it was. The actress reading Sarah Grimke’s voices was perfect; she did a fabulous job of translating every character into a distinguishable voice. The other actress was nice and I liked her voice too, but not to the extent that I loved Sarah’s voice.

I anxiously listened to the book thinking that it was going to be a tale of slavery and ┬áthe anti slavery movement seen through the eyes of two women. Instead it turned out to be part epistolary and part treatise on women’s rights and slave rights. The feelings the characters have for each other are difficult which makes the coming of age tale so engaging.

Sensitive and endearing. I would love to see this as a movie.

Once again, Philadelphia is featured as a good place to live, woot!