It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara Sullivan, releasing February 23, 2016 from GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tara:

 
Hi YABC! 
I’m so excited to share my cover with you for my second book, THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET! The whole art and design team at Penguin did such a fantastic job reflecting the book in the artwork: the texture of the burlap and the rich chocolate tones... and the distressing of the font that hints that all may not be right with the sweetness you see. I’m blown away, as always, with how much thought and effort so many people put into making my covers beautiful. I hope you like it as much as I do!
 
~ Tara Sullivan (THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers)
 

 

 

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THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET

by Tara Sullivan
Release date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0399173073
 
 
About the Book
 

Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two long years, what’s mattered are cacao pods. The more Amadou can chop down in a single day, the higher his chances are of keeping the bosses’ beatings at bay, keeping himself and his little brother, Seydou, alive and then maybe, just maybe, returning home to Baba and Auntie. At least he hopes so. But the bosses won’t tell him the number that matters most—the number that equals freedom.

When the boys first left their farm in Mali, they only wanted to make some money to help their impoverished family survive the lean times. They never imagined they’d end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. But that’s exactly what happened, and each day that passes, they lose a little more fight, a little more hope that they’ll ever be free or see their home again.

Then one day, a girl—Khadija—arrives at the camp. There’s never been a girl on the farm before and she is a wild thing, fighting every day to get away and reawakening Amadou’s thoughts of escape. But when the bosses finally break her, and the unthinkable happens to Seydou, Amadou understands the only choice left—the only choice they’ve ever had—is to run . . . or die without their loved ones ever knowing what happened to them. The three band together as family and try just once more for home.

Tara Sullivan, the award-winning author of Golden Boy, delivers another powerful, riveting, and moving tale of children fighting to make a difference and be counted. Inspired by true-to-life events unfolding in Africa today, The Bitter Side of Sweet is an exquisitely written tour de force that demonstrates the indomitable power of family and the will to survive.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tara-Sullivan---color.jpgAbout the Author

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 a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in non-profit management from Indiana University. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed hardcover of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US only)

Two winners will each receive a signed ARC of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US/Canada only)

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Susan T. (website) on Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:54

This sounds so powerful and sad! It is super horrible that this kind of thing goes on in the world!

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This sounds so powerful and sad! It is super horrible that this kind of thing goes on in the world!
Karissa E (website) on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:26

The cover is inviting, wanting you to read it

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The cover is inviting, wanting you to read it
Guest - Cindy on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 13:45

I like the colors and feel of the cover. As for the synopsis... Well, it sounds like this will be a powerful and moving book.

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I like the colors and feel of the cover. As for the synopsis... Well, it sounds like this will be a powerful and moving book.
rebecca (website) on Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:07

so vibrant

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so vibrant :D:):p
Guest - Alice Wu on Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:14

Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! It looks so good!!

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Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! It looks so good!!
Kara S (website) on Monday, 17 August 2015 14:46

I really appreciate that this author is willing to present stories about problems well beyond the experience of most of her audience. It makes for the kind of read I value. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

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I really appreciate that this author is willing to present stories about problems well beyond the experience of most of her audience. It makes for the kind of read I value. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.
Guest - bn100 on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:53

interesting sounding

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interesting sounding
Guest - Dianne on Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:31

Love cover and book sounds fabulous.

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Love cover and book sounds fabulous.
Guest - akgwo on Sunday, 23 August 2015 17:44

The book cover is very interesting and the synopsis sounds wonderful

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The book cover is very interesting and the synopsis sounds wonderful
JackieS on Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:03

This looks like a story that will help my students learn about a world with which they are unfamiliar, and engage in the social justice issues that guide my teaching.

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This looks like a story that will help my students learn about a world with which they are unfamiliar, and engage in the social justice issues that guide my teaching.

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