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The powerful, poignant, bestselling National Book Award Finalist gives voice to a young girl robbed of her childhood yet determined to find the strength to triumph 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 fri ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2006)
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Heather Calhoun I think it's more appropriate for a mature 12-14 year old reader. While the descriptions are "vague" when she is raped that is what is happening. I ha…moreI think it's more appropriate for a mature 12-14 year old reader. While the descriptions are "vague" when she is raped that is what is happening. I had a small group of eighth graders read it. They loved it....they did not believe that it was based on true stories. (less)
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Jill She is young and entirely innocent when she is first enslaved. Her parents send her off to be a maid and she believes that is what the man is doing an…moreShe is young and entirely innocent when she is first enslaved. Her parents send her off to be a maid and she believes that is what the man is doing and where he is taking her. (This sounds incredible but it happens often - exactly as the book describes.) She's never seen prostitution or a brothel. She doesn't have a reference for what is happening to her. She is also drugged.(less)

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Petra has a 9 hr delay - on a charter flight
Beautifully-written with much heartache for these young girls who are sold into prostitution by their families. Sometimes they are sold because of extreme poverty and all money must be spent on the Males of the family. But sometimes, as in the book, they are sold just because the Male wants a new winter coat and a girl is just money wasted in feeding her when she could be sold for cash and no expenses in the future.

The saddest part of the book is the girls weren't "working" for money even. But
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
else fine
Jan 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read2009
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
Elyse Walters
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Adult book .... one sitting read for adults.

I finished this a couple of days ago. We are taken into a dark underworld — it’s clear many victims were made to endure horrific acts.

This isn’t an unfamiliar story...yet that doesn’t negate its power. Lakshmi is a young Nepalese girl. Lakshmi tells the story....( with a sweet softness that breaks our hearts). Lakshmi gives brief short descriptions: well-told in vignettes.
.....Her wish to buy her mother a tin roof like other neighbors have on
Em Lost In Books
Sold into prostitution Lakshmi was brought to India from Nepal where she was beaten, intoxicated, and raped. All the while Lakshmi thought she was going to work as a homemaid and would help her family have a tin roof over their house back in Nepal, she never dreamed what her life going forward be like.

We accompany Lakshmi on her journey to this new life of pain, anger, sadness, and loneliness and it gutted me. She tried to rebel in her own way but had to accept her situation soon as horror stor
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-harmon, hoors
another book i'm 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. it's a rough subject matter that doesn't get disney-fied... until the end. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, 5-stars

TRIGGER WARNING: It is best for people particularly sensitive toward the subject of sexual abuse/child molestation to avoid reading any further. Caution is advised.

And so, Love, you launch in vain your insane onslaught: since it will be said - to see me fall yet not surrender - that you managed to kill but failed to conquer.

Juana Inez de la Cruz

When beautiful things are broken, screams begin. When beautiful things are taken, horror begins. When beautiful minds are bended, there is no tomorrow o
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie B
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lakshmi is a thirteen year old girl who lives with her family in Nepal. She wants to help her family out financially by working as a maid in the city but she is sold into a life of prostitution by her stepfather. This is a fictional story but is based on interviews the author conducted with aid workers and survivors themselves.

This is a tough book to read but I highly recommend giving it a chance if you think you can handle the subject matter. It is written in a simple, almost poetic way and yet
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I'm doing this thing where I reread books I read as a teen. SOLD was one of those books. I remember reading it when I was an older teen and thinking it was so interesting and edgy, reading about the types of real world issues we didn't really learn about in school. Sex trafficking is a global epidemic, so it is good to see YA authors writing about it, but all of the criticisms people had for this book really held true for me: the vignett
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 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily May
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2011, young-adult

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

Overall: 4 stars

Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is a quick read, it does pack quite a bit of punch. This book opens your eyes to what's going on in the world.

I think everyone needs to take some time to read this one.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“Simply to endure is to triumph.”

This book was ROUGH. I read it in one sitting but I'm not sure if I should have or not because it was a lot to take in. Amazing book though.

There are obviously some pretty heavy triggers in this book: child sex-trafficking, and graphic sexual and physical abuse (involving children and women).

I knew going into this one that it wasn't going to be a pleasant read. It almost feels wrong to say that I liked the book. It was brutal, it was uncomfortable and wors
Mariah Roze
I read this book for the Goodreads' Book Club: Diversity in All Forms!
This book was extremely good and heartbreaking! I learned so much and I encourage others to read this book.

"Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut in the mountains of Nepal. Her family is desperately poor, but her life is full of simple pleasures, like raising her black-and-white speckled goat, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan m
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
"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
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I know that this book is young adult and fiction, but it crawled up my skin as I read about a girl who had hope for more but received nothing but pain and suffering. It is a dog eat dog world and she was handed over to be eaten alive. She is from a village where men walk on water and the women fill their buckets up constantly to make sure the river men walk on stays full. She came from nothing and got treated worse when her stepfather sold her off for some bucks. She was raped while drugged and ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Smalley
If an author is a feminist, does it mean that their writing is automatically regarded as feminist literature? Does nothing but the feminist message radiate from their being? Are they capable of bringing anything less than that into the world? Feminist writers write feminist writings. But it is not always the cut and dry “How To Be A Feminist Handbook 101” type of book. No, sometimes it can touch on problems like sex trafficking and involve a female character’s near constant abuse, as seen in the ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is realistic fiction for Young Adults. It was a sad little story about a girl from Nepal, who gets sold to a woman visiting their poor village. This young girl thinks she is going to be a maid in the big city. She and her parents have no idea what really lies in store for this 13 year old girl.

I listened to the audio on this one, so the poetic prose that others either absolutely loved or absolutely hated, didn't affect me. The story had a nice flow. There was some repetition, but for
This book was really moving. A very inspirational story of a young and naïve Nepali girl, Laxmi, sold into sexual slavery in India by her step-father. I loved how real it was. It wasn't just romance and drama many books portray nowadays, it actually told a horrible but true story.I loved the contrast between the beautiful voice telling such a horrendous tale. There were many times I was saddened by the beauty of her words, her loss, and the end, that bit of dialogue, had me in tears. Patricia Mc ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A devastating book about a 13 year old Nepali girl sold as a sex slave in India. This difficult subject was brought to light in a quick, easy-to-listen-to format. It is not a story I will easily forget.

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audio book from my local library.

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

Oh My. What a heartbreaker of a story. So hard to imagine these acts of horror exist in our world today. The survivor's are amazing young women.
Zehen Zohra
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book. The events really played with my emotions. While reading I just felt to angry like how can one be so vile and sell a child of to a sex trade. A Laskshimis time in "the happy house" had very dark moments but the author put in little cute moments of her interactions with one of the other girls kids. The whole time I was cheering on be half of Lakshimi to run away or make a escape plan. Over all, this book is recomended to everyone. I would say its one of my top 5 books t ...more
Neeraj Adhikari
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-wrenching tale of freedom and its absence. Sometimes it would be difficult to turn the pages, because I feared what horrors lay in store for Lakshmi. After reading the tale of this one girl having to face such abominable cruelty, I shuddered at the thought of how many such Lakshmis are suffering the same horrors, having been sold into slavery across the border by their own countrymen or family. It's just brutal.

I think this is such a strong tale not only because of what the girls face, b
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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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