Her Inspiration for Copper Sun
Sharon Draper was inspired to write Copper Sun after seeing Alex Haley's work. She was amazed by his books. She had been particularly interested in his book called Roots. A story of an African boy being taken away from his homeland to be a slave in the United States. This book is a lot like Copper Sun, which is also about slave trade. Alex Haley was talked about quite a bit, and Sharon Draper cherished his books. Sharon admired Alex Haley for his ability to write and his skill. She loved how he traced his roots back to Africa.