Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, by Tara Sullivan

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The story: Amadou and Seydou are essentially slaves on a cacao plantation in Ivory Coast. If they don’t pick enough pods every day, they’re beaten; they’ve finally figured out they’re never going to be able to earn enough to pay off their “debt” to the bosses. It’s not until kidnapped Kahdija is dropped off at camp that the situation spirals out of control, and Amadou realizes that unless he does something desperate, his brother is going to die. Can Amadou find the courage to face nearly insurmountable odds and stage a getaway?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s something you never knew about chocolate: kids in the US take it for granted while kids in Africa are literally dying to produce it.If you care what life is like for kids in other places, make sure to take  a look at this story.

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