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Kobo ebook | February 23, 2010

byPatricia McCormick

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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 debtthen 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 triumphand 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 decisionwill 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.

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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 awa...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 23, 2010Publisher:Disney Publishing WorldwideLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423141113

ISBN - 13:9781423141112

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