Sold by Patricia McCormick

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 crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words- Simply to endure is to triumph -and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

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The 1825th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 67th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)

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Sold (text only) by P. Mccormick Paperback 7536531 $12.90 $9.50
Sold Kindle Edition 29151 2010
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Sold Hardcover 1135599 $3.47 $0.10 2006
Sold (text only) by P. Mccormick Hardcover 9764177 $15.48 $12.38
Sold Audio CD 3808353 $30.10 $26.96 2012
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Sold (Japanese Edition) Hardcover 6095241 $29.13 $15.70 2010
Sold Hardcover 719008 $4.97 $0.01 2006
Vendida/ Sold (Gran Angular Alerta Roja) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2959655 $11.95 $8.56 2007
SOLD Paperback 31458 $4.19 $1.25 2008