Friday, August 16, 2013

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Sold is a novel about a 13 year-old girl (Lakshmi) who is sold into prostitution. She faces many challenges and obstacles she has to overcome. Lakshmi is forced out of her comfort zone during almost the whole story. During this time, she grows not only in knowledge but as a person herself. She learns many different things about herself in this experience she was forced to endure. Lakshmi‘s story begins in a small rural town in the country. Her family is used to living in poverty to the point where they mix water and dirt in order to trick their minds into believing it is food. Lakshmi has always been able to endure the toughest of times. Things took a turn for the worst when her step father could no longer support their family and sold Lakshmi. Lakshmi had no say in this but was told she would be a house maid. She didn't seem frightened by the idea of being stripped away from her family because she knew it was for their own good. She would now be able to buy her family that tin roofed house about which they always dreamed. Lakshmi was sold for 10,000 rupees, which translates to a whopping 185.25 US Dollars…fair trade right? Lakshmi’s childhood, dreams and aspirations were changed all for under 200 dollars. Read the book to find out more about Laskima's story.
Erika M.

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