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Sold

by Patricia Mccormick

Disney-Hyperion | April 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Sold is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family''s crops, Lakshmi''s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family''s debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi''s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother''s words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786851724

ISBN - 13: 9780786851720

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book This book held my interest from page 1. Lakshmi is sold into prositution by her step father and she describes all that happens to her while in the brothel. It is so sad what girls in India and other countries go through because of their gender. This book I recommend, it will change how you look at the world.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but True... Story Description: Disney Book Group|April 1, 2008|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 13:978-0-078685172-0 Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshimi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Laksmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words: “simply to endure is to triumph” and gradually she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision. Will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs. My Review: The writing style in this novel is very unique. It is written in short vignettes making for a simple, quick, but captivating read. Lakshmi is a twelve-year-old girl living atop the mountains of Nepal. Her mother and step-father are very poor but the step-father often squanders away any money they do have. Although they live in nothing but a hut, Lakshmi is a happy girl deriving her pleasure from playing hopscotch in the dirt with her best friend and sitting quietly while her mother brushes her hair by the light of an oil lamp. Lakshmi’s step-father has run up a few debts with his gambling and tells Lakshmi that she is going to have to work to help support the family. It is only due to his lack of responsibility that pushes Lakshmi out of the house to work. She is told she is being taken to the city to become a maid. Lakshmi is taken to Calcutta, India and it is there that she realizes for the first time the real motives of her handlers. She has been sold into prostitution at a place called “Happy House” and there is nothing “happy” whatsoever about this house. Her employer and owner, Mumtaz, has deceived her parents about the real conditions of Lakshmi’s working life. For 30 rupees, men can purchase “quickie sex”. Lakshmi thinks as soon as she has worked long enough to pay Mumtaz the 10,000 rupees she believes is her debt, she can return home to her family but Mumtaz places a 20,000 rupee debt on the books. She says it’s to cover “ALL” the expenses – heat, food, clothing, make-up, and medical shots given by the dirty doctor. According to the author, each year nearly 12,000 Nepali girls are sold by their families “intentionally” or “unwittingly” into a life of sexual slavery in the brothels of India. The U.S. State Department estimates that a staggering half million children are trafficked into the sex trade each year. The sad thing is that, when or if, some of these girls do make it home they are ignored by their families for fear of shaming them as happened to one girl in Sold. I guess the lesson there is that sometimes being “free” doesn’t necessarily mean “being free”. Anyone interested in joining the fight against human trafficking and the sex slave trade can visit Patricia McCormick’s website for information regarding rescuing young women. If we all helped, we could make a difference. You can visit McCormick’s website at: www.patriciamccormick.com SOLD was an excellent, well-written account of just one girl out of millions caught up in the sex trade each year.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down.... The innocence with which Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl, is lead into prostitution is truly heartbreaking. Lakshmi lives with her Ama, stepfather, baby brother and her precious goat, Tali in a small village in Nepal. Her days are filled with chores, caring for her cucumbers, her goat and attending school. Lakshmi’s friend Gita has gone to a big city to work as a maid and is sending her wages home to her family. They now have lights inside at night while Lakshmi’s home is still studded with darkness. Lakshmi hopes to become a maid for a rich family in the city too so she can send her wages to her Ama to buy all the necessities she needs but has never had. Soon the Monsoon season hits and washes away all the crops Lakshmi’s family had, so it is now time for her to take a job to help support her family. Lakshmi is excited but also worried whether Krishna, the shepherd boy, who she says has: “...sleepy cat eyes...” will wait for her as she has been promised to him in marriage. Even ensconced in a house of ill repute far away in India, the innocent Lakshmi still believes she is there to be a maid. The prostitutes decked out in their brightly coloured clothing with make-up and bangle bracelets, Lakshmi wonders if she has landed in a house of movie stars! Lakshmi still doesn’t understand that her stepfather has SOLD her into prostitution to re-pay his debts. The atrocities that are visited upon Lakshmi by the men and her house mother are utterly shameful and disturbing. I’ve never felt such compassion and sorrow for a character as sweet and innocent as , Lakshmi. The story was told in a series of vignettes which is quite different from other writing styles but suits the story and book well. SOLD will now become part of my permanent collection as it’s the type of story that I’ll read again as I won’t ever forget the innocent Lakshmi. I’d love for Ms. McCormick to pen a sequel to find out what happens to Lakshmi later on in life.
Date published: 2011-02-04

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Sold

by Patricia Mccormick

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786851724

ISBN - 13: 9780786851720

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family''s crops, Lakshmi''s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family''s debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi''s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother''s words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

About the Author

To researchSold, Patricia McCormick traveled to India and Nepal where she interviewed the women of Calcutta''s red-light district and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. She is also the author of the acclaimed novelsCutandMy Brother''s Keeper.

Editorial Reviews

"An unforgettable account of sexual slavery as it exists now."

Appropriate for ages: 12

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