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.