Ashley’s August Recommendation

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

sugar“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.” – Summary

“Sugar is one of two titles by Jewell Parker Rhodes that I adore–the other is Ninth Ward, which takes place in New Orleans during Hurricane KatrinaBoth books are children’s titles, but I feel they have appeal to children and adults alike. Rhodes does an amazing job of communicating true struggle and perseverance through her main characters, who happen to be children. In Sugar and in Ninth Ward, she captures a specific place, time and conflict in a way that is meaningful for adult and child readers.” – Ashley

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