Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sharon M. Draper is the author of books: Out of My Mind, Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, #1), Copper Sun, Stella by Starlight, Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High, #2), Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High, #3), Blended, November Blues (Jericho, #2), The Battle of Jericho (Jericho, #1)
Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,
fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own: hope.
Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.
Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the elusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?