Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: April 1, 2008
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
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
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
"An unforgettable account of sexual slavery as it exists now."