Treasure of the World


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$17.99  $16.73
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Tara Sullivan is the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Golden Boy and The Bitter Side of Sweet. 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 an MA in Latin American studies and an MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University. Her first novel, Golden Boy, won the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award and was selected as a top-ten book of 2013 by YALSA and as a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and The Wall Street Journal. Her second novel, The Bitter Side of Sweet, won the 2017 Children's Africana Book Award Honor and was an ALSC Notable Children's Book. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.


Praise for Treasure of the World
A 2022-2023 Camellia Children's Choice Book Award Nominee (AL)
A 2022 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

A 2022 Jane Addams Children's Book Award Finalist
A 2021 Kirkus Best Book

★ "Rich with memorable characters and streaks of brilliant writing, as in the author's previous works, Ana's story takes readers on an arduous and ultimately rewarding journey that illuminates a fraction of the human toll behind the profit-driven pursuits of a materialistic world. Heartbreakingly splendid." --Kirkus, starred review

"Utterly riveting. . . [O]ffers a view of complex family dynamics and child labor that is shocking and powerful." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Gripping . . Sullivan effectively portrays 12-year-old narrator Ana and the oppressive demands she faces...skillfully crafting memorable characters and close relationships. . . Sullivan approaches tough topics, including child labor, economic pressure, and repressive gender roles, from a resonant, believably young perspective, balancing Ana's precarious struggle to survive with hope." --Publishers Weekly

"Show[s] the kindness of others and the importance of family strength and resilience. . . [and] just how important learning is in bettering your lot in life." --School Library Connection

"Sullivan, who addressed child labor in the cocoa industry in The Bitter Side of Sweet, here exposes the tragedy of child miners forced to leave school to help support their families by working in the "mountain that eats men."...Readers are left with...hope...but the dire plight of all these families is abundantly clear." --Booklist

Praise for The Bitter Side of Sweet
A California Young Reader Medal Nominee - 2020-2021

An ALA Notable Children's Book - 2017

★ "A tender, harrowing story of family, friendship, and the pursuit of freedom."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "In crisp, accessible prose, Sullivan draws readers into a most compelling story of survival under unspeakable hardship, bravery, and teamwork... Absorbing and important."--Booklist, starred review

★ "[A] heart-wrenching survival tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "An engaging story that will engender empathy in readers."--School Library Journal, starred review

★ "Curriculum connections abound and even reluctant readers will be drawn to the suspenseful plot and distinctive characters."--SLC, starred review

Praise for Golden Boy

★ "A riveting snapshot of one Tanzanian boy who makes himself matter."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Readers will be haunted by Habo's voice as he seeks a place of dignity and respect in society. An important and affecting story."--School Library Journal, starred review