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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #83706
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 272 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-04306-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-82263-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-04306-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-82263-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012026218
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 34,852
Reading Level: 2.9
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.9 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 158360 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.4 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q60743
Lexile: 430L
Guided Reading Level: U
Fountas & Pinnell: U

Educator's Guide: Sugar Educator's Guide

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Towers Falling and Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick) comes a tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.

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.

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