The Bitter Side Of Sweet

ISBN-10: 0147515092
ISBN-13: 9780147515094
Author: Sullivan, Tara
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: June 2017

Copyright: 2017

Page Count: 368

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z
Lexile: 810L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 12.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Africa *

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence *

For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone , two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast 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't beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home toMoke and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn't know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won'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--dangerous, backbreaking work. 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