Monday, January 01, 2007

Sold

Patricia McCormick has again tackled a subject that is difficult for many to discuss just as she did in the novels Cut and My Brother’s Keeper. In this novel, a 13-year-old Nepali girl, Lakshmi, is sold into slavery and prostitution by her step-father.

Lakshmi is a smart girl who excels in school and has been promised in marriage to a local boy. She works hard and hopes for a better life. McCormick has written this novel in an almost free-verse poetic style that makes it easy to read, yet very emotional as the reader is drawn into Lakshmi’s terrible experience.

While I think this is an excellent book that addresses an important global issue, I think that it requires a certain maturity on the part of the reader.

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