The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What is it with Tara Sullivan's works? The Africa they illuminate is one we suspect exists, but one we hope doesn't (selling albino body parts? isn't that so 19th century? apparently not, per Golden Boy). Here we're drawn into the world of child slavery tied to the cacoa trade - it just might make you rethink your chocolate addiction or go completely fair trade! The lives that the child workers "live" isn't a thing of the past, it's still ongoing. The kidnappings, beatings and rapes might bother teen readers, but they're not gratuitous, they're a necessary part of this story.
ARC provided by publisher.