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The Bitter Side of Sweet

by Tara Sullivan

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ISBN: 9780147515094
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Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the closerthey are to paying off their debt and returning home. Maybe.
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  • Paperback
    $19.95
ISBN: 9780147515094
ANNOTATION:
Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the closerthey are to paying off their debt and returning home. Maybe.

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Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the closerthey are to paying off their debt and returning home. Maybe.

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Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the closerthey are to paying off their debt and returning home. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn't know how much they owe, and the bosses won't tell him. The boys only wanted to make some money to help their impoverished family, but they were tricked into forced labour on a plantation in the Ivory Coast. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive - until Khadija comes into their lives. She's the first girl who's ever come to camp. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape.

Author Biography

Tara Sullivan is the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Golden Boy. She was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents, who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish literature and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Review

Praise for The Bitter Side of Sweet

"A gripping and painful portrait of modern-day child slavery in the cacao plantations of the Ivory Coast."--The Wall Street Journal

  • "A tender, harrowing story of family, friendship, and the pursuit of freedom."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • "In crisp, accessible prose, Sullivan draws readers into a most compelling story of survival under unspeakable hardship, bravery, and teamwork... Absorbing and important."--Booklist, starred review

  • "[A] heart-wrenching survival tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • "An engaging story that will engender empathy in readers."--School Library Journal, starred review

  • "Curriculum connections abound and even reluctant readers will be drawn to the suspenseful plot and distinctive characters."--SLC, starred review

"First-world readers will learn much about how their pleasures are underwritten by the labor of their third- world peers...The resolution...is an as-good-as-it-gets kind of compromise that leaves much room for the activism advocated for in the author's note that follows."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This beautiful story of love triumphing over cruelty and profit stands out as an excellent book discussion choice or classroom study."--VOYA

Excerpt from Book

This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof Copyright

Product Details

Author
Tara Sullivan
Short Title
BITTER SIDE OF SWEET
Pages
336
Audience Age
12-17
Publisher
Speak
Language
English
ISBN-10
0147515092
ISBN-13
9780147515094
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2017
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
Children/Juvenile
UK Release Date
2017-06-06
Publication Date
2017-06-15
AU Release Date
2017-06-15
NZ Release Date
2017-06-15
US Release Date
2017-06-15
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