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Book Title: Sold

Details: Author: McCormick, Patricia

Reading Age: 13 +

Publisher: Walker Books

ISBN-13: 9781406313956

Number of pages: 288

Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm

Retail Price: €7.68

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Book Details

A powerful novel written in vignettes about a a Nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance to reclaim her life.

Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though they are desperately poor, Lakshmi's life is full of simple pleasures: playing hopscotch with her best friend, looking after her black-and-white speckled goat, having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when Lakshmi's family lose all that remains of their crops in a monsoon, her stepfather says she must leave home and take a job in the city. Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India full of hope for her new life, proud to be able to earn, daring to hope that she will make enough money to make her mother proud too. Then she learns the unthinkable truth: for 10,000 rupees she has been sold into prostitution.

Review

An accomplished, though disturbing, novel permeated with both tragedy and tenderness. * The Bookseller * Uneasy but important reading. * Publishing News *

Synopsis

This is a powerful novel written in vignettes about a a nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance to reclaim her life.Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though they are desperately poor, Lakshmi's life is full of simple pleasures: playing hopscotch with her best friend, looking after her black-and-white speckled goat, having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when Lakshmi's family lose all that remains of their crops in a monsoon, her stepfather says she must leave home and take a job in the city. Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India full of hope for her new life, proud to be able to earn, daring to hope that she will make enough money to make her mother proud too. Then she learns the unthinkable truth: for 10,000 rupees she has been sold into prostitution."

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