2013 Summer Book Review


By Jewell Parker Rhodes

June 12, 2013

Genre: Historical fiction

Number of Pages: 288

What's the basic story line?

In Mississippi, 10-year-old Sugar and other former slaves are working for pay by harvesting sugarcane. They feel no threat to their jobs until Chinese workers arrive to help harvest the cane. As Sugar befriends them and the white plantation owner’s son, she tries to bring people of three races together. Can Sugar help build a community when all the adults think their jobs are at stake?

Kid Reporter
Alice Gottesman

Are the characters believable?

The characters are very believable. Jewell Parker Rhodes gives the reader lots of detail about them. You can picture the characters very clearly in your head. They do not have super powers, and if we were living in 1870, this book would feel realistic.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 9. The author does a great job of adding lots of detail right when you want to learn more. I was sad to see the book end.

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