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In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316043069
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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JCLHeatherM Mar 02, 2019

Sugar works the sugar cane fields during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War and yearns for a taste of freedom that she's heard so much about. She, and her fellow cane workers are stunned when the plantation hires Chinese men to work in the fields alongside the African American workers. Worried about her job and her future, Sugar continues to dream of a better life up North, where she can get a taste of what true freedom is.

Jan 31, 2014

A little bit simplistic in nature but still a solid read. Newly freed slaves on plantation adjust to new situation that seems the same. Supposedly there free but now they have to pay for room and food. Sugar longs to be truly free and is a spunky young girl. She ends up making friends with the plantation owners son and also with the new Chinese men that come to their place.

m2 Oct 04, 2013

Sugar is a very compelling read -- I wanted to read it in one sitting. It is also beautifully and poetically told. Somehow she makes the post slavery period assessible even for 4th - 6th graders. Perhaps due to that, the climax is less climactic than it could be and the denouement a bit swift and simple.The joy of learning about new cultures and the brief hope of working well together is conveyed so warmly -- this is a book to savor.


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