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Sold

McCormick, Patricia (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sold


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Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
Authors: McCormick, Patricia, 1956-
Title: Sold
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion,, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (241 p.)
Statement of Responsibility: Patricia McCormick
Notes: Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Contemporary Concerns, 2007
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
A Junior Library Guild selection", "
YALSA Ten Best Books for Young Adults, 2007", "
National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature, 2006"]
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1423141113
9781423141112
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
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Report This Jan 10, 2014
  • Gammaof2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Altho this particular book is fiction, it is based on a very real occurrence, Human trafficking. Not only is it real, but horribly wrong on so many levels. I felt so bad for these girls; however since this really does happen around the world to both sexes, I cannot help being amazed at the depravity of some human beings.

“Sold” is a moving, haunting piece of literature depicting the life of a young girl sold into prostitution. The main character is Lakshmi, a young girl, who lives in a small village with her mother and cruel stepfather. As time goes by, Lakshmi’s stepfather manages to gamble away all of the family’s money, prompting him to decide to send Lakshmi to “work in the city”. Instead of having a job as a maid for a rich city family like she was promised, Lakshmi is sold to a brothel where she is prostituted out each and every night to much older men. This novel is a wonderful, powerful read that makes use of poems to tell the story. It does contain some “trigger warnings” towards various forms of abuse though. However, the author of this review highly recommends it. It has a well-driven plot that offers a chilling glimpse into the world of child prostitution, and the novel itself is based upon events that truly do happen all over the world. The setting of the story is simply brilliant, and various characters are relatable and very likeable. “Sold” by Patricia McCormick is a brilliant novel. It would be a lovely choice for a book report or “book talk”, as it deals with current world issues. This novel would be a great choice as a pleasure read too, as it is very interesting and informative without slapping you in the face with facts.

Couldn't put the book down, even after I finished reading it, I re-read it again!

Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • amcewen10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this book is very good.

Report This May 06, 2013
  • VioletEyed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Usually, if a book is in verse I am not too fond of it. In the case of "Sold" though, the simplicity of the writing brought life and hope to the otherwise dark events. Absolutely a book a person should have to read at least once!

Report This Jun 25, 2012
  • Elizabeth_L_W rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Here is the link to the review I did on this book. http://imaginationalwonders.blogspot.com/2012/04/sold-patricia-mccormick-book-review.html

I think this story is trying to give all men a bad rep. It makes the reader think that men are terrible creatures when really this doesn't happen to everyone. i have complete and utter sympathy to the women and girls in these 'happiness homes', but when i found this book on a elementary school library shelf after i read it, i was in awe. This book is great for telling the world about the lives of these innocent women, but should not be read to children or anyone else who protects their soul with their media choices.

omg such a sad book make u want to cry but u love the ending read the ending and you will know what i mean

Report This Feb 18, 2012
  • JasmineAurora rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I CRIED SO MUCH! Then again that's not saying much since I cry at any book that is the least bit sad. But this book really transported you. You felt like you were there with her. You experience her emotion which is what made this book so great.

Report This Sep 12, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a book to chill the soul. Sold by Patricia McCormick tells the story of Lakshmi, a twelve year old girl from Nepal who is sold by her stepfather and finds herself a resident of the “Happiness House” in a large city in India. Beaten, starved and eventually drugged, she is forced to service male customers. Lakshmi clings to the idea that she will eventually buy her freedom, even though every time she thinks she is close, she is told she owes even more. Holding to the idea that the money she is earning is being sent home to her family, she learns to endure. She gradually forms friendships with some of the other girls in the house, and one day she learns the truth, she will never be free of this place until she is old, used-up or diseased, then she will be thrown out onto the street. Making a decision that is fraught with danger, she reaches out for help to escape this horror of a life. Knowing that this buying and selling of young girls is common practise in poor countries where life is held so cheaply makes this book a difficult read. The author presents the story in a simple, straight forward style that makes for a very quick read, but the research she has done and her writing skill has produced a heart-breaking yet inspired story of one young girls’ nightmare of being robbed of her childhood and being forced into the sex trade.

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Report This Feb 25, 2011
  • twilight5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 24, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

13 year-old girl from Nepal is sold into sexual slavery in Calcutta. Brutal hopeless conditions for the girls. Brothel owners keep them, discard when ill. Corruption keeps police at bay. Story based on true facts of the terrible conditions for girls sold by fathers, brothers, uncles, mothers and kept as slaves until too sick to work.

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.

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Report This Oct 24, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Description of rape, drug use, beatings.

Report This Oct 24, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Description of rape, brothel activities, but no graphic details.

Violence: a girl being beaten almost every day

Frightening or Intense Scenes: men treating women badly

Report This Feb 25, 2011
  • twilight5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Sexual Content: as this deals with Sexaul Slavery,there is refernces to sex-related things

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