by Patricia McCormick


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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut in a mountain village in Nepal. Her life is made up of simple pleasures like going to school and spending time with her loving ama and baby brother. But these happy times are undercut by the desperate poverty that threatens the lives of the villagers.

Then one day, Lakshmi's father brings her to a shopkeeper in town and tells Lakshmi that she is going to go work as a maid in India so that her wages can be sent home. Glad to help support her family, Lakshmi undertakes the long journey and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon discovers the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the house with an iron fist. She informs Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt. And of course, crooked Mumtaz will make sure that that never happens.

Lakshmi life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. But gradually, she forms friendships that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Until the day comes that she has to make a decision -- one that will cause her to risk everything to for a chance to reclaim her life.

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel chronicles the story of one girl's struggle to maintain her sense of self against all odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786851720
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 19,239
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

To research Sold, Patricia McCormick traveled to India and Nepal where she interviewed the women of Calcutta's red-light district and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Cut and My Brother's Keeper.

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"Hard-hitting . . . poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Sold (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 393 reviews.
ShelbyRay More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very touching and well written book. The ways she wrote it with all of the sub-titles then following with words as if the main charachter Lakshimi was keeping a journal. This book also made me realize how real sexual slavery is to this day. These girls are ripped of everything they've ever had to live a life of giving themselves to ruthless men each day. McCormick does an awesome job of capturing this girls life and she had hope through it all.
TeenReaderr More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. It has over 300 pages, but most only have a few words. It is an easy read, easy to follow and understand, but I got confused with the different characters and their unfamiliar names. The story was good, it kept me hooked. I hadn't been able to read a book to the end in a while. The ending was unexpected, as in I didn't expect it so fast. This was a good book, I recommend it.
fredforeverAB More than 1 year ago
I personally loved this book. IT was touching and sad. The part that hit me most was her loss of everything she knew and loved. This is really going on in the world and it needs to stop. This book has opened up my knowledge of what is really going on in this world we live in. I would definitly recommend this to anyone and everyone. IT will touch and break your heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is really impacting. It helps in understanding how little girls in different countries are put into prostitution by their parents being tricked. The story is about a young girl named Lakshmi who is 13 years old and is taken from her home thinking that she is going to go work, but ends up being put into prostitution. The story is an easy read, anybody could read it. Recommened for ages 15 and up because its a bit explict.
JfnD More than 1 year ago
Lakshmi at age 13 has never been outside her village she lives a normal life Nepal going to school and helping her mom with chores. Than it all changes. Lakshmi wanted to go into the city to work as a maid for a rich family but instead her gambling stepfather has different plans for her, she is sold into prostitution in a Indian brothel. She dose not do what she is told until she was starved. Lakshmi was told by her owner that if she pays off her family's debt she can leave and go back home, but she soon finds out that her owner has been cheating her and that it IS impossible to pay off her family's debt. When a young boy bring her food she starts to have hope, he was met with a American client that is there to rescue girls she has to figure out weather to trust him or not. The author writes the book in first person in a very detailed manner making it possible to imagine what is going on in her life in the areas surrounding India. After reading this book I was more stunned to know what is happening in the world.
atn More than 1 year ago
Sold is written by Patricia McCormick. It is about a young girl in India named Lakshmi. She is sold into sex trade by her stepfather so that she could get money and help her family with it. I thought this book was very good. It can be a little emotional and it is totally unforgettable. It was very descriptive and graphic. I would recommend this to anyone. I prefer and young, mature adult. This book I think could change their mind about other people and life in general. I would give this book a four star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, after reading the comments about this book, I'm appalled. This story was exceptionally written; although short and simple, it was powerful. I love the word choice, recall, and symbolism used here. I was also moved by the effortlessness McCormick showed to writing through the eyes of a 13 year old, naive, village girl transitioning into a 13 year old, jaded, slave. I cried a lot reading this. Because there's someone who goes through this everyday. Deep book. 
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the heart-wrenching and captivating story narrated through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl. Lakshmi is only thirteen when her stepfather sells her into slavery.  Lakshmi thinks she is leaving home to work for a wealthy woman and comes to find out she has been sold into prostitution.  When Lakshmi refuses to have sex, she is starved and beaten repeatedly day after day until she is drugged and raped by several men. Read the highly recommended, heartbreaking novel, Sold, Gateway Reader's Award 2008-2009 and National Book Award Finalist by the talented author Patricia McCormick.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Sold is a terrific book. Although it is shorter than others, I find this suitable. This is a riveting story about the harsh reality of sexual slavery and how a girl survives using the comforts of hope and friendship. I am 13 and I read this so I recommend this novel to anyone mature enough to read about this subject. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book it the best book ever the author did a amazing job writing it. LOVED IT!!!!!!
MeganB21 More than 1 year ago
Sold by Patricia McCormick is a hard-hitting read about a thirteen year old girl, Lakshmi, living in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. Though her and her family live in poverty, Lakshmi finds pleasure in the simple things in life until one day her stepfather decides she needs to go and earn money for their family after a monsoon sweeps away all of their crops. Her stepfather gives her away to a woman and Lakshmi finds herself being promised of a beautiful city and a life as a maid. After traveling to India, she finds that she has instead been sold into prostitution. The innocent Lakshima now must live the life of a prostitute and pay off her family’s debt to the cruel brothel ruler Mumtaz. She dreams of returning to her simple life on the mountain as she loses her innocence and becomes just another young girl stuck in the dirty business of the sex trade. This book really showed the suffering that many women in countries such as Nepal and India go through. I saw the theme and messages as though some of these women are sold into the trade and learn to endure it, that there is always hope and all it takes is one girl to stand up against the rest. This book really conveyed the idea that even in the darkest of times there is hope. I really love how the author chose to write Sold. The first person narrative really gives you the insight to Lakshmi’s thoughts and everything she sees as a young girl who is being sold as a sex slave. You can really feel the confusion that a girl in this situation would feel, from being a new place to learning about a dirty business that no one should have to endure. The writing style flows and is poetic, with metaphors and similes referencing the life of Lakshmi that really puts you into her shoes and into the world of India and Nepal. The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was some of the details on the subject matter. The author could really describe the sounds, smells, and sights of the brothel and all that went on in it. This subject is hard to read about and sometimes these details made the book uncomfortable to read, but I know that those details were needed for the book to have the impact that it did. I recommend this book to anyone that is willing to read it. The subject matter is a horrible thing, but it is impactful and allows you to get an insight on what people around the world are dealing with. If you’re willing to get the details of the sex trade, this book is a quick read with description and information that will have an impact on your life.
Plum91 More than 1 year ago
sold is about a thirteen year old girl who is sold into sexual slavery. I personally enjoyed this book a lot because of the main character. I thought it was very interesting to see her transformation from a little "hill girl" to an adult who has overcome and lived through many horrible experiences. This book is a little hard to deal with just because of the often brutal treatment that Lakshmi lives through. It is a very easy read as far as the reading level; most children older then twelve should be able to read it just fine. But the emotional and graphic content makes it a book targeted more to children in their middle to upper teens. I really enjoyed the way this book is written. The narrator is clearly the voice of a young ignorant girl from a tiny village in India, but as the novel progresses the way the main character matures is reflected in the voice of the narrator. By the end of the book Lakshmi seems to have aged twenty years rather then one. The book does have a rather abrupt ending, which left me wishing for a little closure about what happens to Lakshmi after the novel ends. Overall I would recommend this book to someone looking for a short book, but one that is a moving and emotional story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago should definitely read Sold. Easy, quick, informative read. Disturbing to realize this is actually happening in today's world. Heart-wrenching. Praise to those that have made it their calling to go and help these girls.
BookLover44 More than 1 year ago
This book is definatly oone that you won't forget for a while. It is a quick read but it's very emotional and at some parts, can get a bit disturbing. It is such an amazing book and I recomend it to everyone.
Wildcat_Baller_12 More than 1 year ago
Sold is a great "easy reader" book for you. its very emotional and sad and so very realistic. Even though it isnt a "based on a true story" book, it is definately based on real events and what is going on in other countries.
twilight_harrypotter_love More than 1 year ago
This book will have a profound impact on whomever reads it. Although it is hard for most people to hear, child prostitution exists in poor parts of this world. The book is very graphic, to the point where I wanted to shut out the images, but I do believe that everyone should read this book to understand that child prostitution is a problem in the world today. The poetic form of the story works very well, and it was an extremely quick read. I recommend reading this book with a few friends and discussing it afterwards.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book not to be taken lightly. McCormick managed to make an issue as horrific as prostitution into a beautiful novel. This book was sad, but it was a quick read with each chapter written in poetic form. Trust me, if you read this book, you won't be able to stop thinking about it.
Vanessa08 More than 1 year ago
I dont know why i choose this book off the shelf. But im soo glad i did! I got addicted to it right when i read the first page, this story is soo deep and personal it made me cry. This book is for all the readers who loved to be sucked in an emotional, inspiring story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Moving. Eye-opening.I really don't think there are any better words to describe this book. McCormick really let you into the mind of thirteen year old girl. it makes you think outside of our safe country, our safe home.Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it really made me realize what goes on in the world. In the place the main character lives women are treated like property. I think that is so wrong and that everyone was born equal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sold was an excellent book.I began reading it at like 10 PM and didn't stop until almost 2 AM.By then i was more than halfway through it. By 5th period that day I had finished. It hooks you right away and you just don't want to put it down. It was very detailed and causes more than one emotion in me. I also really loved the style that Patricia McCormick wrote it in, it was almost like free verse poetry or something. However, I would recommend this book only to those mature enough for it's content. There are somewhat strong graphic descriptions but they really do assist in one's understanding and feeling of the book. She portrayed Lakshmi's situation wonderfully and in such a way that you feel you are right there with her. It was a moving story, and It's one I'd read again. I'm actually doing an English report on it. KUDOS [=
Guest More than 1 year ago
But the style wasn't at all what I was expecting. It isn't so much an informative book, for mature readers, but from the view point of the 13 year old girl. So, it is a good, quick, easy read, but it isn't as shocking as I was expecting it to be.
RosanaSantana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lakshmi is thirteen years old when her step father sells her in prostitution. The book is terribly sad although it has a hopeful ending. It is a novel told in verse which makes the difficult subject matter slightly easier to bear.
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a Nepalese girl who is sold into the sex trade by her step-father. She is brought to a house where she is forced to perform sexual acts in order to pay off her debt. Being told there is no way out, she keeps her mental strength by keeping track of her debt, and learning to read and write from another sex slave's son who lives with them. One day an American man comes, leaving her his business card, and promising to rescue her from this hell. Great tale about the sex trade and innocent victims. Everyone should read this!
Marshahawkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic fictional story of the much too horrifying epidemic of sex trafficking. This well-researched novel deftly draws the reader into Lakshmi's journey from the remote areas of Nepal to a large city in India, where she becomes the enslaved victim of the blatant evil and disregard for human life that proples the tragedy of human sex trafficking. This story also portrays the lack of women's rights in the culture. By the end, I was tearfully rejoicing brave Lakshmi and hopeing to find out more about human sex trafficking.