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:
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
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.
About 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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