Sold by Patricia McCormick

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

Age Level:  14 and up

# of Pages:  263

RAC Book:  Yes

Lakshmi is a child living in Nepal.  Due to poor farming conditions and a gambling stepfather, she is sold into prostitution.  Her and her mother believe she is going to work as a maid in a nearby city in order to send money home to her family.  When she makes the difficult journey and learns that she is to be held against her will in a house full of prostitutes, she tries to escape.  Lakshmi quickly learns, however, how difficult it is to break out of this situation.

McCormick did a lot of research on this situation in India and spoke to girls who have escaped.  This is a real issue that many students are not aware of.  In this fictional story, the reader is not shielded from the horrors of this young girl’s life, but there is a sense of hope as well.  Not all students will want to read about such a serious topic, but those who do will learn a lot.  Well written.

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7 Responses to “Sold by Patricia McCormick”


  1. 1 Maw Books February 13, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Found your blog via Google and like your content. I thought Sold was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. My husband who is not a reader, promptly read it and was blown away. A must read book!

  2. 3 Carrie March 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I read this book once in 7th grade and loved it. i went on to telling all my friends to read it. i am now in 9th grade and its my third time reading it and i haven’t gotten sick of it. this is am amazing book and i recommend it to all.

  3. 4 jordan March 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I loved the book! I’m in 6 grade i loved the book so much im doing my unit inquiry project on it!

  4. 5 Hannah April 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    i am in 10th grade, and i just read this book for a literature circle unit in school. i loved it through and through, and i hope to get others to read it. this book was amazing, my lit circle group and i had so much to discuss because of the amazing job McCormick does of describing everything. i also just finished a theme paper on it. my theme was survival!

  5. 6 Tibbs October 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I had to read this for my English 2 class, and I was surprised at how good it was 🙂

  6. 7 Cheyenne Leigh February 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    this was a well written book. it showed how young girls are forced to live when family members send them away it teaches young people about what is actually going on in 3rd world countries.


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