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11/8/21: SOLD by Patricia McCormick


About Sold

SOLD is a novel by Patricia McCormick, published in 2006. It tells the story of a girl from Nepal named Lakshmi, who is sold into sexual slavery in India. The novel is written in a series of short, vignette-style chapters, from the point of view of the main character.


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About Patricia McCormick

Patricia McCormick, a two-time National Book Award finalist, is the author of several critically acclaimed novels – including Never Fall Down, the true story of a boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music for the Khmer Rouge, and SOLD, a moving account of sexual trafficking. She is also the co-author of I am Malala, the story of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban in her fight for education.


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Reader's Thoughts - Camilla Shen

As someone who has read many works on the subject of child trafficking, I say with confidence that this has been one of the most heart wrenching and impactful novels yet. The character of Lakshmi is realistic and unfiltered, a story told through the voice of a young girl sold from her home into prostitution. Mccormick’s style of writing is simplistic and unadorned, yet brimming with emotion and the rawness of human nature under unfathomable circumstances. Through her usage of short chapters and vivid imagery, I found myself being immersed in the gripping story and brutally realistic world in which Lakshmi navigates. Sold explores the difficult and often socially taboo subject of sex trafficking through the tender perspective of a young girl, which in a sense gives a voice and humanity to the many victims in the world who are still suffering in silence.