Caudill Book of the Week!
2018 Caudill Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2018 Caudill Books? 20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
The Bitter Side of Sweet
By: Tara Sullivan
Lexile Level: 810L
15 year old Amadou and his 8 year old brother Seydou are in a labor camp on the Ivory Coast of Africa. In order to stay alive, every day they work tirelessly to collect cacao pods. However, Amadou’s job is twice as hard, because he is trying to protect his brother and the only girl in camp. The twist in the middle of the book has you wondering if the three will ever make it out alive. All three characters are developed so well that you can vividly see the scenes play out in your mind.
This is a story of children fighting to survive. It is inspired by real-life events that are occurring in Africa daily. It is definitely for mature readers, because sensitive topics such as slavery, abuse, and death are the basis of this story.
Reviewed By: Jen T.
Click Here for a List of all 20 Caudill Nominees
Created by Jen Trotta on
Jun 9th, 2017 @ 2:50 PM.
Updated on Jun 14th, 2017 @ 10:26 AM.