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Sold 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 he

  • Title: Sold
  • Author: Patricia McCormick
  • ISBN: 9780786851720
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 sLakshmi 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.

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  • Patricia McCormick

    Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A from New School University in 1999 Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self injures herself This was followed by My Brother s Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother s addiction and Sold in 2006 Her awards include the American Library Association Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenaged and the Children s Literature Council s Choice She has written for The New York Times, Parents Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Ladies Home Journal, Town Country, More, Reader s Digest, Mademoiselle and other publications and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an instructor of creative writing at the New School University She lives in New York with two children, a husband and two cats.

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  • Beautifully-written with much heartache for these young girls who are sold into prostitution by their families. Sometimes they are sold because of extreme poverty and all money must be spent on the Males of the family. But sometimes, as in the book, they are sold just because the Male wants a new winter coat and a girl is just money wasted in feeding her when she could be sold for cash and no expenses in the future. The saddest part of the book is the girls weren't "working" for money even. But [...]


  • AM I PRETTY?In the days after the hugging man leaves, I consider myself in the mirror. My plain self, not the self wearing lipstick and eyeliner and a flimsy dress.Sometimes I see a girl who is growing into womanhood. Other days I see a girl growing old before her time.It doesn't matter, of course. Because no one will ever want me now.Lakshmi is thirteen-years-old. She lives a simple, albeit impoverished, existence with with her Ama, infant sibling and gambling-addicted stepfather in a Nepalese [...]


  • Young Adult book . one sitting read for adults. I finished this a couple of days ago. We are taken into a dark underworld — it’s clear many victims were made to endure horrific acts. This isn’t an unfamiliar storyt that doesn’t negate its power. Lakshmi is a young Nepalese girl. Lakshmi tells the story.( with a sweet softness that breaks our hearts). Lakshmi gives brief short descriptions: well-told in vignettes. Her wish to buy her mother a tin roof like other neighbors have on their hu [...]


  • 1. This book conveys less about the triumph of the human spirit and more about how Americans fix everything. In tone it read exactly like an early missionary novel.2. I wish people would only write novels in verse if the verse actually served some purpose in the plot or the development of the character, or if the verse was good. In Sold it's simply a weird affectation. 3. The fact brought up as an afterthought in the end notes, that Nepalese women are fighting back by educating young village wom [...]


  • Onvan : Sold - Nevisande : Patricia McCormick - ISBN : 786851716 - ISBN13 : 9780786851713 - Dar 268 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006



  • another book i'm not sure gains a lot by being written in verse, unless it is just to slow the pacing down to better appreciate the horror. the beginning pre-sale parts were very beautifully descriptive, and then after that become very unbeautifully descriptive. it's a rough subject matter that doesn't get disney-fied until the end.


  • And so, Love, you launch in vain your insane onslaught: since it will be said - to see me fall yet not surrender - that you managed to kill but failed to conquer.Juana Inez de la CruzWhen beautiful things are broken, screams begin. When beautiful things are taken, horror begins. When beautiful minds are bended, there is no tomorrow or yesterday or today. There is only a place a million miles away melting in the darkness, seeming like home, but you know it isn’t. It is the death of a broken min [...]


  • What a powerful, haunting story! Written in free verse from the perspective of a 13 year old Nepalese girl, who was sold from her mountain home to earn a living as a maid in the big city. Lakshmi was saddened to leave her mother and her baby brother, but she was eager to earn a living so she could send money back to her family for necessities like clothing, food, and a new tin roof, for which they were in desperate need. But when Lakshmi leaves, she is not taken to the big city to work as a maid [...]


  • I don't enjoy writing long reviews. I did really enjoy this book. As a warning, do not have ANY intentions of putting this book down. I was reading it the night after a long flight from the US to the UK, and I thought, "I'll read some before I go to bed." I got to the halfway mark and thought, "Well, what's the harm in reading some more?"And then it was over. Meaning I had spent far longer than I had intended to reading, and the book had been finished in two sittings--one on the plane and one in [...]


  • While this is a quick read, it does pack quite a bit of punch. This book opens your eyes to what's going on in the world. I think everyone needs to take some time to read this one.


  • "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." This author traveled to Nepal and Calcutta for her research, interviewing aid workers and girls who have been rescued from the red-light districts of Calcutta.The book follows the path of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepali girl, as she is sold and makes the journey to India, thinking she is going to be a maid for a rich woman. It's written for [...]



  • “Simply to endure is to triumph.” This book was ROUGH. I read it in one sitting but I'm not sure if I should have or not because it was a lot to take in. Amazing book though. There are obviously some pretty heavy triggers in this book: child sex-trafficking, and graphic sexual and physical abuse (involving children and women). I knew going into this one that it wasn't going to be a pleasant read. It almost feels wrong to say that I liked the book. It was brutal, it was uncomfortable and wors [...]


  • My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am thirteen years old.Sold is the story of Lakshmi, a girl from a small village living with her Ama, baby brother and stepfather. Her stepfather sells her for money to pay gambling debts, and she is brought to the city, only to find out that there is no maid job waiting for her. She has been sold into prostitution.This story was hard to read. Its really difficult to think about a place where a woman can be sold for $300, and purchased for a night for the pr [...]


  • I'm so torn on this one. Read the entire thing in one sitting - it was gripping and staggeringly beautiful in its descriptions of everyday life - both its sublime and simple beauties and its deepest horrors. I love that it takes on sex slavery in an unflinching way - there's no ducking out on or thinking "oh it isn't that bad" as you read Lakshmi's narrative. But, gosh, the ending kills me. White American to the rescue! To be transparent - this is a text I'm thinking of taking on in my World Lit [...]


  • Heartbreaking, yet uplifting. Kesan yang saya dapat dari buku ini. Sejak pertama kali melihat buku ini di toko buku, I know I'm gonna love this book.Berkisan tentang Laksmi, gadis kecil dari Nepal berusia 13 tahun yang dijual oleh ayah tirinya sendiri ke rumah bordil. keluguan, kenaifan seorang anak kecil terpampang dengan jelas di buku ini, karena kisah ini dikisahkan dari sudut pandang si Laksmi sendiri.Buku setebal 310 halaman saya selesaikan dengan semalam karena ternyata isinya cukup ringan [...]


  • If an author is a feminist, does it mean that their writing is automatically regarded as feminist literature? Does nothing but the feminist message radiate from their being? Are they capable of bringing anything less than that into the world? Feminist writers write feminist writings. But it is not always the cut and dry “How To Be A Feminist Handbook 101” type of book. No, sometimes it can touch on problems like sex trafficking and involve a female character’s near constant abuse, as seen [...]


  • This book ended with Lakshmi, the main character, leaving the happiness home. The happiness home is the "trap house" for girls that are forced into the sex slave industry. They are usually brought from poor families in order to pay off their families' debt. In reality, however, Mumtaz, the mistress, is cheating them of their money. So they are forced to sleep with multiple men, with no reward and lost dignities. This book tends to lean towards the darker side of the general public, and tends to [...]



  • This book is realistic fiction for Young Adults. It was a sad little story about a girl from Nepal, who gets sold to a woman visiting their poor village. This young girl thinks she is going to be a maid in the big city. She and her parents have no idea what really lies in store for this 13 year old girl. I listened to the audio on this one, so the poetic prose that others either absolutely loved or absolutely hated, didn't affect me. The story had a nice flow. There was some repetition, but for [...]


  • This book was really moving. A very inspirational story of a young and naïve Nepali girl, Laxmi, sold into sexual slavery in India by her step-father. I loved how real it was. It wasn't just romance and drama many books portray nowadays, it actually told a horrible but true story.I loved the contrast between the beautiful voice telling such a horrendous tale. There were many times I was saddened by the beauty of her words, her loss, and the end, that bit of dialogue, had me in tears. Patricia M [...]


  • A devastating book about a 13 year old Nepali girl sold as a sex slave in India. This difficult subject was brought to light in a quick, easy-to-listen-to format. It is not a story I will easily forget.Source: I borrowed a copy of this audio book from my local library.


  • This was such a good book. The events really played with my emotions. While reading I just felt to angry like how can one be so vile and sell a child of to a sex trade. A Laskshimis time in "the happy house" had very dark moments but the author put in little cute moments of her interactions with one of the other girls kids. The whole time I was cheering on be half of Lakshimi to run away or make a escape plan. Over all, this book is recomended to everyone. I would say its one of my top 5 books t [...]


  • A heart-wrenching tale of freedom and its absence. Sometimes it would be difficult to turn the pages, because I feared what horrors lay in store for Lakshmi. After reading the tale of this one girl having to face such abominable cruelty, I shuddered at the thought of how many such Lakshmis are suffering the same horrors, having been sold into slavery across the border by their own countrymen or family. It's just brutal.I think this is such a strong tale not only because of what the girls face, b [...]


  • This book is one I am mentally saving for my mother/daughter book club. My daughter is four, so I have some timebut it raises interesting topics, themes, and questions, like:1. Sex, sex-trafficking, rape and victimization of women (no surprise there)2. Self-respect3. the legalization/decriminalization of prostitution/sex-work issue4. globalization with all its dimples and wartsThe book written in a poetic form, but I didn't find it distracting. In fact, I think it managed to create a framework o [...]


  • I read through this very fast. What a poignant story. My heart was broken with all Lakshmi went through. I know this is a work of fiction, but this crap still happens to this day. We even have this stuff happening here in Canada in a city close to us. This stuff should not still be happening. It is horrid and disgusting.


  • I can't. The fact that these types of things actually happen is sickening to me. How a family can be willing to trade their daughter for less than $300 is beyond me.


  • "My name is LakshmiI am from Nepal. I am thirteen years old."A beautifully written and heartbreaking story that opens the eyes of readers to the ugly reality that is human trafficking.


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