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Sugar Hardcover – May 7, 2013
Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn't make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner's son.
Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.
From the Publisher
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From School Library Journal
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316043052
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316043052
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 430L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plenty of times throughout the novel there are several subjects that come up that do not usually appear in novels that deal with a plot involving the tension between African Americans and Caucasians. The writer was also able to say everything in a tasteful way while still continuing to give the facts. The items mentioned include the fact that even after the war had ended African Americans, for the most part, had to continue working for their former slave owner for little to no money in return and housing. In return, they would work and do the same work that they had done before the war because they didn’t have any, or much, money.
Although this novel does an excellent job of the stated above, it has multiple plot holes throughout it. It was also extremely boring in some parts to a point of me having to put it down. The wording was also strangely done. In some parts were difficult to understand. This is one of the reasons that caused me to take quite a while to read it, for my pace. I am usually able to read a book in about two weeks that is this length and this one took me about double because it is hard to get into.
Overall this was a satisfactory book written by Jewell Parker Rhodes. For some, it might be better for, if they have found the much-needed maturity for it. If a person is part of a younger, and less educated on the topic, of an audience. The novel also had a fairly low reading level so it might also be a healthy book for someone trying to learn more about the realisticness of the situation.
I rated this book a three out of five stars. This is due to the lack of excitement in the novel. It also got stars, however, because it teaches the reader a plentiful amount of information about the topic of post Civil War. The novel, overall, would teach any reader quite a bit about the topic but should be more directed toward younger students who are interested in the subject, otherwise, they would not be able to be interested and continue reading.
Sugar is a high-spirited character who isn't afraid to question a life that requires her to work long hours while Billy takes lessons and plays. She leads the way in bringing changes to the attitudes and behavior of the black and white adults. With a reading level of 2.9, this would be an excellent book for elementary school classrooms and family reading.
Book Review by, “Manav Desai”
Sugar is a historical fiction book written by Jewell Parker Rhodes. The main character Sugar and the river road folks to deal with brutal hardships still after the Civil War. The author's descriptive style of writing helps you bring in all your senses in the book. This book shows the severe hardships that Sugar feels on the Sugar plantation. At the beginning of the Novel, she happy living with her mother but her father is in the south.
She has always had an interest in this world. And she meets her chances with China Men. The River Road folks always told Sugar not to be friends with Beau and Master Liu. Beau is a Chinese migrant worker who spends a lot of time with Sugar. The book really incorporated the cultures and how they were similar in a way. Sugar and Beau really start to develop their character throughout the book, which gives the book a sense of realism. In the end, all the problem of their life ends and they live happily ever after. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what still happened after the civil war or who wants to experience a sense of accomplishment.
Rating 4 out of 5