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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  28,087 ratings  ·  3,553 reviews
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 1st 2006)
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In the days after the hugging man leaves, I consider myself in the mirror. My plain self, not the self wearing lipstick and eyeliner and a flimsy dress.

Sometimes I see a girl who is growing into womanhood. Other days I see a girl growing old before her time.

It doesn't matter, of course. Because no one will ever want me now.

Lakshmi is thirteen-years-old. She lives a simple, albeit impoverished, existence with with her Ama, infant sibling and gambling-addicted stepfather in a Nepalese
another book im not sure gains a lot by being written in verse, unless it is just to slow the pacing down to better appreciate the horror. the beginning pre-sale parts were very beautifully descriptive, and then after that become very unbeautifully descriptive. its a rough subject matter that doesnt get disney-fied... until the end.
Sarah Keliher
1. This book conveys less about the triumph of the human spirit and more about how Americans fix everything. In tone it read exactly like an early missionary novel.

2. I wish people would only write novels in verse if the verse actually served some purpose in the plot or the development of the character, or if the verse was good. In Sold it's simply a weird affectation.

3. The fact brought up as an afterthought in the end notes, that Nepalese women are fighting back by educating young village wom
What a powerful, haunting story! Written in free verse from the perspective of a 13 year old Nepalese girl, who was sold from her mountain home to earn a living as a maid in the big city. Lakshmi was saddened to leave her mother and her baby brother, but she was eager to earn a living so she could send money back to her family for necessities like clothing, food, and a new tin roof, for which they were in desperate need. But when Lakshmi leaves, she is not taken to the big city to work as a maid ...more
Sep 27, 2008 Kiwi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kiwi by: Ms. Fraser
I don't enjoy writing long reviews. I did really enjoy this book. As a warning, do not have ANY intentions of putting this book down. I was reading it the night after a long flight from the US to the UK, and I thought, "I'll read some before I go to bed." I got to the halfway mark and thought, "Well, what's the harm in reading some more?"

And then it was over. Meaning I had spent far longer than I had intended to reading, and the book had been finished in two sittings--one on the plane and one in
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
"Each year, nearly 12,000 Nepali girls are sold by their families, intentionally or unwittingly, into a life of sexual slavery in the brothels of India."
This author traveled to Nepal and Calcutta for her research, interviewing aid workers and girls who have been rescued from the red-light districts of Calcutta.

The book follows the path of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepali girl, as she is sold and makes the journey to India, thinking she is going to be a maid for a rich woman. It's written for
My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am thirteen years old.

Sold is the story of Lakshmi, a girl from a small village living with her Ama, baby brother and stepfather. Her stepfather sells her for money to pay gambling debts, and she is brought to the city, only to find out that there is no maid job waiting for her. She has been sold into prostitution.

This story was hard to read. Its really difficult to think about a place where a woman can be sold for $300, and purchased for a night for the pr
Mia Queen
Heartbreaking, yet uplifting. Kesan yang saya dapat dari buku ini. Sejak pertama kali melihat buku ini di toko buku, I know I'm gonna love this book.

Berkisan tentang Laksmi, gadis kecil dari Nepal berusia 13 tahun yang dijual oleh ayah tirinya sendiri ke rumah bordil. keluguan, kenaifan seorang anak kecil terpampang dengan jelas di buku ini, karena kisah ini dikisahkan dari sudut pandang si Laksmi sendiri.

Buku setebal 310 halaman saya selesaikan dengan semalam karena ternyata isinya cukup ringan
Yen Rodriguez
This was amazing book with a heartbreaking story. Sold, truly puts life into perspective when placed in the shoes of a 13 year old girl sold into sexual slavery by her own family. Patricia McCormick tells a sad tale of Lakshmi, a girl from the mountains of Nepal. Lakshmi and her family were accustomed to the simplicity of farming in the mountains, and though exposed to inconsistently primitive conditions, she was perfectly content with the existing core elements of her life: Her mother, her litt ...more

This book is one I am mentally saving for my mother/daughter book club. My daughter is four, so I have some time...but it raises interesting topics, themes, and questions, like:

1. Sex, sex-trafficking, rape and victimization of women (no surprise there)

2. Self-respect

3. the legalization/decriminalization of prostitution/sex-work issue

4. globalization with all its dimples and warts

The book written in a poetic form, but I didn't find it distracting. In fact, I think it managed to create a framewo


The book I read was Sold by Patricia McCormack. The genre is realistic fiction. The theme of the book is to stay strong and learn to speak up.
The books about a thirteen year old girl named Lakshmi. Her father sells her to be a sex slave because he gambled all his money and is very selfish. Lakshmi doesn’t know she was going to be sold for that reason though, she thought she was going to work as a house maid.She was sent to a house called "the happy house".There she made strong friendships a
Toto bola príšerná kniha. Ak máte problém s "obsahom" kníh ako Wither, Bumped, XVI alebo také Kvety v podkroví - nečítajte ju. Naozaj, myslím to vážne. Ja som ani pri jednej z tých menovaných kníh ani okom nemihla, a táto kniha bola pre mňa tvrdá káva, kde som bola až zhnusená.

Lakshmi je zo zapadlej horskej dedinky z Nepálu. Keď má 13 rokov, úrodu im zničí monzún, rodina nemá peniaze, a nevlastný otec Lakshmi predá do Indie do bordelu. A tu musí dievča za - prepočítala som si to! - 50 centov (30
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Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: High School (GLE 4.8)

Format: Verse Novel

Awards: ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2007), National Book Award Honor for Young People's Literature (2006), Notable Social Studies Trade Books (2007), Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2007)

Plagued by drought then flood, a struggling family’s livelihood along with 13 year old Lakshmi’s future is lost. Leaving her mother and the only home she has even known in the Himalayas of Nepal, Lakshmi is sold by her stepfa
I'm so torn on this one. Read the entire thing in one sitting - it was gripping and staggeringly beautiful in its descriptions of everyday life - both its sublime and simple beauties and its deepest horrors. I love that it takes on sex slavery in an unflinching way - there's no ducking out on or thinking "oh it isn't that bad" as you read Lakshmi's narrative. But, gosh, the ending kills me. White American to the rescue!

To be transparent - this is a text I'm thinking of taking on in my World Lit
Jennifer Stringer
My daughter and I listened to this book on a road trip over the weekend. (Incredible reader, btw). I think part of adolescence is about gradually learning that the world is not a perfect place and that so much of the world lives in utter poverty and horrific conditions, and also, what we can do to alleviate the suffering . This is the story of a Nepalese girl sold into child prostitution by her step-father and trafficked into the slums of India. The author does an excellent job in making this ch ...more
Lindsey Daniels
The book Sold is written by Patricia McCorimck and is story telling the life of a young girl sold in to prostitution. This book is catorigized as Memoir. The story takes place in a small town in Nepal revolving around the main character, Lakashmi, a 14 year old girl. Sold is written in script form and a chapter is usually 1 to 3 pages long and typed in poem form. I would recommend this book to anyone who is intrested in learning about other cultures or who would like to know how people in other ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Mckinsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all girls and maybe some guys
Recommended to Mckinsey by: Lauren Hensley
Shelves: book-club
I must say that at the beginning i loved this book and then towards the middle or when you got to the juicy part of the book i decided that i did not like it. i thought that it is too disturbing and akward to read but after a while i became addicted i felt her emotions as i read through this book and i must say that i was sad when i finished it. i must say that i can't really relate to her on the same levels but i can say that i would rather die a thousand deaths than to ever and i repaet ever ...more
Jason Jacob

1. Sold is a book that tells us a story of a young girl sold into prostitution by her father. Lakshmi lived each day with terrible anguish hoping that she would make it through this sadism domain. Lakshmi sought for a hint of hope, for possibilities, that maybe, just maybe she would escape from this evil place.

2. The book was written in a poetic style and the story was told in free verse that made it easier and more interesting to read. It was written in a vivid language and in a compelling
A beautiful book written in free verse poetry about a child being sold into sexual slavery in India/Pakistan. It says it is for middle-schoolers, but due to the content and the way it is written, I would go higher.
Jace Allgood
Originally I didn’t want to read Sold by Patricia McCormick. The reason being is that almost everyone already read it and I like reading my own type of books that others have never heard of. However, I’m glad that I picked this book up though. Once I picked it up I refused to put it down because it was so fast paced and very interesting. In fact, I remember finally putting the book down in the dead of night.

The book takes place in the Himalayan mountains. A young girl by the name of Lakshmi is s
Emily May

Plot: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Writing: 4 stars
Ending: 3.5 stars

Overall: 4 stars

Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Sold is a lyrically beautiful and graphically descriptive story of an innocent 13-year-old Nepalese girl from the mountains, sold by her oppressive gambling addict step-father and trafficked into India to become a prostitute in a brothel run by a woman with no morals. There, Lakshmi's body is sold for the price of a Coca-Cola - a luxury she'd once cherished as a poor country girl. When she'd left home, she'd believed she was to become a maid in a rich woman's household in the big city where she ...more
Annette Gonzalez
I thought about what makes this book personal for me and I find that nothing that I have experienced in my own life directly correlated with the story of Lakshmi, a girl sold into slavery and prostitution at a very young age. However, you read about such a character and you can look at your own life and be reminded that some of your daily problems are nowhere near as dire and heartbreaking as what many have had to endure. In my teaching experiences I have had the wonderful opportunity to work wi ...more
Steph Su
SOLD is heartwrenching and shocking; it will move you to tears. In simple, poetic prose, McCormick tells the story of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepal girl who is sold by her family to an Indian brothel house when her family loses all of their year’s crops during the rainy season. Sold into sexual slavery, Lakshmi must “repay” her “debts” to the woman who runs the brothel house—which in reality will never occur because she will never be free.

Despite this dismal-sounding setting, there are surp
Elizabeth Soiles
In life, we are often faced with situations that involve temptations and enticement. Whether that means snatching a cookie from a cookie sheet before it cooled down or dedicating a weekend for social purposes rather than an academic one. No matter what the circumstances are, we all do it. Frankly we are only human beings. However, some situations are different from one another and the consequences vary.

The aftermath of each action can matter greatly. In the book, Sold, a thirteen- year old girl
So many young girls are sold into India's brothels every year. It is a thriving business. And the girls are young and naive and have no idea what is goign to happen to them and how their lives will be destroyed. Lakshmi is sold by her stepfather to work as a maid with a rich woman in the city. That woman is a broker who sells her to a madam. She goes planning to work hard and get money for a new roof for her family. Only that is not what happens. She is forced into being a low paid prostitute (t ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Olivia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Olivia by: Ms. Cranford
Shelves: book-club
The best book I’ve read has to be “Sold”. When I first saw the cover and heard it about it I thought that it would be boring and useless. This book is about a poor girl who needs to help her family, so her step dad sends her off to work as a maid in America. When she is packed and on her way, she will soon find out that her nightmare is soon to begin. I loved the book, but I was disappointed to find out in the end that they leave you hanging. My expectations were nothing of what I thought at fir ...more
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I thought I would have a hard time reading this, considering the topic. But that wasn't the case. It was very well written, and took me straight into this little girl's world from her view. A very emotional ending for me, having me wondering what I can do to help these girls sold into slavery. Then, of course, by the next day I had forgotten all about it, all wrapped up in my world of grocery shopping, making dinner, and to do lists. How can we make a difference if we forget? And how can we reme ...more
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Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer. She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A. from New School University in 1999. Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self-injures herself. This was followed by My Brother's Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother's ad ...more
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