The Bitter Side of Sweet
By Tara Sullivan
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Son
in modern times? You might think it’s
impossible, but it happens in the THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET. Brothers Amadou and Seydou left their home town of Mali to find work
elsewhere, but they were not expecting to be slave laborers at a cacao
farm. For two years they’ve been working
there, trying to collect a good amount of cacao each day to avoid getting
beaten by one of their three bosses.
They have seen many other boys come in cars to work there, and they have
seen people try and fail to escape. But
when a well fed girl shows up with a will to escape like no other, it
re-energizes Amadou to take his brother and leave. This is a fast paced realistic fiction book
with many intense, well detailed, moments.