The Bitter Side of Sweet

The Bitter Side of Sweet

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"Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape"--
They only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family; instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods Amadou and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. Then Khadija comes, the first girl who has ever come to camp, and she's a wild thing. She fights, but the bosses break her. Now the three band together as family and try just once more to escape.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399173073
0399173072
Branch Call Number: Y FIC SULL
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 22 cm

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maitha
Jan 06, 2017

For Gillian, 1/16/2017

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joywolf83
Aug 24, 2016

Was there any doubt this author could write a bad story? Nope. Just like Golden Boy, Sullivan brings to life REAL issues. Tugging at your heart strings and begging you to think about someone other than yourself. Top pick. Highly recommend.

Two brothers are enslaved on an Ivory Coast cacao plantation, forced to work in horrible conditions for no pay, with no hope of escape. Until the day comes that they have no choice but to make a break for it -- or die trying. This is a fast-paced read with high stakes that teens will enjoy. It really makes you think before buying that candy bar!

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