June 4th, 2013 by Karen
Normally, Nancy’s into historial fiction and I’m not so much, but when I got a copy of Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes, I dove in right away — and no, all you doubters, it wasn’t just because I love sweet snacks. Hardy har har.
First off, we got a recent review from Kayleigh, Age 11, for Ninth Ward, also by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Kayleigh liked that book so much, I figured Sugar would probably also be good.
And Sugar takes place during a time in US history that I find really interesting: Reconstruction, right after the Civil War.
Sugar is an orphan who’s no longer a slave, but she still works on the same plantation because it’s the only life she’s ever known and she doesn’t have any way to go north on her own. Things start to look better when she makes friends with the group of Chinese immigrants who arrive at the plantation to join in the work, but the rest of the workers aren’t so happy about this and they’re the ones who have known and cared for Sugar all her life.
Sugar’s caught in the middle — between the Chinese and her stand-in family, between slavery and freedom, between the harsh past and the hopeful future she longs for.
This book isn’t just about the two groups of plantation workers separated by race, it’s about a turning point in American history — and one very rambunctious and spirited girl. Definitely check out Sugar if you’re interested in this time period!
Have you read Sugar already, or Ninth Ward? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!
Review copy of book provided by the publisher.