Sharon Draper: Telling a Slave's Story

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 pm

Join author Sharon Draper on Zoom for a presentation and Q+A of her Coretta Scott King Book Award-Winning novel, "Copper Sun." Pick up a copy of the book from the Fletcher Free Library. Visit Sharon Draper online at This event is part of Burlington's Juneteenth Celebration.


In this “searing work of historical fiction” (Booklist), Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Sharon M. Draper tells the epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known—except hope. (14 years and up) 

Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and fortunate enough to live in a beautiful village, it never occurred to her that it could all be taken away in an instant. But that was what happened when her village was invaded by slave traders. Her family was brutally murdered as she was dragged away to a slave ship and sent to be sold in the Carolinas. There she was bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a "birthday present.” Now, survival is all Amarican dream about.  

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.