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Sold by Patricia McCormick
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Aug 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: verse-novels
Read from January 24 to 25, 2011

On page sixteen, twelve-year-old Lakshmi asks her mother, "Why...must women suffer so?" Speaking from wisdom and resignation, Ama replies, "This has always been our fate...simply to endure...is to triumph." For the next 240 pages, Lakshmi endures more than western readers will want to imagine, and her triumphs are bitterly small. Her story is tragic and sad and distressingly common. For readers, McCormick's book is a challenge: just because things are so, must they remain that way? What can we do to make change? Can we do more than endure? What is triumph?

The story takes a while to ramp-up, and the first 40 pages will seem slow to readers who don't appreciate a slice of Nepalese mountain life. But the verse-style moves quickly once Lakshmi leaves her village, and it is hard to stop reading her story, as her voice becomes clearer. For a story about child sex-trafficking, "Sold" is honest without being explicit, making it a reasonable choice even for mature middle school audiences.
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01/24/2011 page 60
23.0% "Takes a bit to get going, but hold on until p. 35 and you'll be hooked."

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