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The bitter side of sweet, Tara Sullivan

Label
The bitter side of sweet
Title
The bitter side of sweet
Statement of responsibility
Tara Sullivan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. This number is very important. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won{u2019}t beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Moke and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn{u2019}t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won{u2019}t tell him. The boys 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; they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun{u2014}dangerous, backbreaking work. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive{u2014}until Khadija comes into their lives. She{u2019}s the first girl who{u2019}s ever come to camp, and she{u2019}s a wild thing. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again, reminding Amadou what it means to be free. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape
Summary
Frantically working to escape punishment by their overseers, Ivory Coast child slaves Amadou and Seydou befriend a slave newcomer whose constant attempts to escape compel the brothers to plan their own flight
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10470457
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810
Intended audience source
Lexile
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
810
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The bitter side of sweet, Tara Sullivan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky2ocm79307794
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9780399173073
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015038251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
Label
The bitter side of sweet, Tara Sullivan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky2ocm79307794
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9780399173073
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015038251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps

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