Jewel Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I liked this book. However, since I am not a fan of historical fiction, it was not one of my favorites. I think it is the type you read in school, but not really something that a lot of 12 year olds would read on their own. The characters were great, and that was definitely a highlight. The plot was a little unclear, but I loved the ending and found it very satisfying. Overall this book gets 3 out of 5 stars.
~ Shefali, age 12
Publisher description: In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky 10-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China, in this new work from the award-winning author of “Ninth Ward.”