Jewell Parker Rhodes in her book Sugar lets her readers know that friends can be found in the most unlikely places. Embracing differences in each other is what makes the world such a beautiful place.
Sugar is a young orphan that is still living on the plantation. Although slavery has been abolished, she and the other former slaves feel that there is no other place for them. Working on a sugar plantation is hard work for everyone but Sugar is able to find fun in all she does. She becomes friends with the plantation owner's son and they enjoy many adventures along the Mississippi River. When she hears that people from China will be coming to work on the plantation, she is very excited. The older folks in her neighborhood are very nervous and are sure they will be homeless after this sugar season. Sugar befriends the Chinese (the book uses the colloquial term Chinamen) and soon she has built a bridge between the Chinese workers and the former slaves which helps them all work together to finish the sugar harvest.
Sugar is a girl you will not soon forget. She is a spunky young girl who isn't afraid of change. In fact, she embraces change, looking for the good in all that is around her. This is a wonderful book!
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