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ISBN: 0786851724
EAN13: 9780786851720
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2008
Pages: 263
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8.19" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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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   Inspirational Story
Every year I use this novel in my curriculum, and my students absolutely love it. Patricia McCormick is able to paint a beautifully descriptive picture of what life is like in both Nepal and the brothels of India. She inspires my students to learn about other cultures and issues that exist around the world. As part of the course, my students experiment with writing several vignettes of their own, and many of them want to become writers after reading the novel.
   Read because it was assigned, but couldn't put it down.
I bought it because it was assigned to my son and I wanted to read it with him.
   Difficult topic, great book
It is a quick read but very powerful. I bought it for a class where we write a unit on it. The reading level is perfect for the middle school and early high school, but can be appreciated by adults as well.
   Not quite right for my 11 year old
This book was researched in the classroom during a portion on social justice issues recommended in fiction. History is great : The characters are great : The sexual attack scenes were a little too snooty for my eleven year old, although everything else was within her capacity to comprehend.
   READ and Then Save Some Innocent Girl's Lives
This hopeful but real story of human trafficking slavery will capture readers from its first page to the sad conclusion. Important reading for all girls and women under the age of 14, with their mother's consent if under 16. Lakshmi is such a comelingly written character that you feel like she is your friend and is in trouble. You just want to fly to Calcutta and free her. Then you do what you can to stop this teenage practice of selling hideous girls into the hell of prostitution. I shared my copies with lots of friends and feel the same need to DO SOMETHING.
   Compelling read
Normally, I would not have picked this book to read, but I did at the suggestion of my daughter-in-law. However, she manages to survive her situation with her strong will and the help and kindness of others and to overcome.
   Tough read but tenderly told.
I enjoyed the personal narrative style on which the story of betrayal and flawed humanity was tempered by the simplistic style of Victimctor. This is a tragic reminder of how people can, through selfishness, devalue other people. The character is real and the story inspires you to want to get involved in changing this all too well developed scenario.
   Skip the book, watch the movie.
I saw the movie first and then got the book, thinking that the books are usually better than the film. I didn 't know beforehand that its written in tiny, usually one or half - page entries. They look almost like poems. I would not even call them paragraphs. I expected a normal book with developed stories and details. I don 't think that if I hadn 't seen the movie, I would have had much of an idea of what is happening just from reading the book. And how it is apparently a national book award finalist beyond me. This is the first time I say this, but skip the book and watch the movie!
   Great read!!!
It is so sad to see what these girls go through first and very eye opening!
   Great read
The story is great and has great imagery. Then it was easy to read. Highly recommended for people's eyes to be open to what is happening all over the world.