Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Sold by Patricia McCormick
This book, told in simple free verse, has stayed on my mind since reading it last week. It's the well-written and accessible story of a 13-year-old girl from Nepal who is sold into prostitution in India. It's a tough subject that we in America hate to even think about, but since it is a reality for many girls we need to know more about it. McCormick handles the topic as delicately as possible without understating the horror and desperation of Lakshmi and the other girls in the brothel. The relationships between these girls are what makes the story so interesting and heartbreaking. Their search for joy and hope in the smallest details of life is what keeps them alive. I'm not doing it justice here, but if it sounds intriguing, try it out. I would highly recommend this to mature teenagers (8th grade or older) who are ready to learn more about the harsh reality of the world.