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Trafficked by Kim Purcell
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Sep 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: abusive-relationships, alcohol, bullies, families, friendship, immigration, languages, jobs, ncbla2013, poverty, travel
Read in April, 2012

This gritty, powerful cautionary tale about Hannah, a seventeen-year-old from Moldava, who comes to the United States in search of a better life is downright scary and eye-opening. Hannah, of course, is naive in believing the lies she is told, but she is well-intentioned since she hopes to earn enough money to pay for her grandmother's eye surgery. The cash she dreams of never materializes, and the family with whom she stays keeps her locked in the garage. Basically, she has become a slave since they pay her nothing, and she is told to surrender her passport. Things go from bad to worse, with the only happy moments being those she spends with the two children for whom she is supposed to be responsible and brief conversations with a teen boy next door. Some of the coincidences are a bit unbelievable, but Hannah herself is an appealing character, determined despite what is happening to her, to find a way out. Readers will certainly empathize with Hannah, almost helpless, without funds or direction, trying to find a way out of her plight. The author based her story on the experiences of others like Hannah who have been brought to this country under false pretenses, lending authenticity to the story. This title will surely raise plenty of questions and spur discussions.
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