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    Sep 2006, 272 pages
    Apr 2008, 272 pages

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A vivid window into a harsh and cruel world. For teens and adults

Sold is a devastating little book written in free verse. Although written for teenage readers, it is one of those books that can and should cross-over into the adult market. McCormick says that she wrote it as a series of vignettes because, initially, it was too daunting for her to imagine being able to tell Lakshmi's entire story. She also felt that the vignettes were the right way to tell a story that is inherently so fractured - if not shattering.

I cannot recommend it highly enough, here is a brief excerpt, with more online:

I no longer notice the smell of the indoor privy.
And I long ago stopped feeling the blows of Mumtaz's strap.

But today when I buried my face in my bundle of clothes, from home, there was no hearth...

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