Featuring: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
What was life like on Southern plantations just after slavery ended? Join us to discuss the historical fiction novel Sugar, set in the Reconstruction Era, with award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. After the book discussion and Q&A with the author, families can check out original documents and images related to the book that we found in our Library collections. And don't forget to get your book signed!
It's 1870, and though slavery has officially ended, life on River Road Plantation still isn't free enough for ten-year-old Sugar, the only young person left among the plantation's former slaves. For a time, Sugar's only and forbidden friend is the plantation owner's son, Billy. Then an unexpected new friend comes along—Beau, the son of Chinese laborers brought to help with the sugarcane harvest. All around her, Sugar sees cultures collide, but that doesn't stop her from learning about Chinese culture and sharing her own with the newcomers. This "magical story of hope" (Kirkus, 2013) offers an example of community overcoming difference. Sugar also made Kirkus's Best Books of 2013 list and earned multiple rave reviews.