From the best selling author of CUT

Do you think your parents would sell you for money?

" A son will always be a son, they say. But a girl is like a goat. Good as long as she gives you milk and butter. But not worth crying over when it's time to make a stew" (McCormick 7).
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"I ask Ama why. 'Why,' I say, ' must women suffer so?'

'This has always been our fate,' she says. ' Simply to endure,' she says, 'is to triumph'" (McCormick 16).


Living on a mountain side in a small village harbored few worries for thirteen-year-old Lakshmi. Life was simple and untainted for the young protagonist. However, tragedy strikes too close to home when a series of droughts and monsoons destroy her family's small hut. Poverty stricken, and hungry, Lakshmi's family had little to no means to make repairs to their broken life. In efforts to help her family, Lakshmi agrees to her stepfather's plan of having her work as a maid in a near by city. Lakshmi's life changes dramatically when she realizes that she has actually been SOLD into prostitution for a small sum of money. SOLD is Lakshmi's tale of descent into adversity and her struggle to find light in an ocean of darkness.

Can you travel through the darkness to get to the light?

The Fact Behind the Fiction

To research SOLD, author Patricia McCormick traveled to India and Nepal, where she interviewed the women of Calcutta's red-light district and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Cut and My Brother's Keeper.

Join the thousands of readers holding the hand of Lakshmi in her harrowing tale of trickery and triumph.


" Hard-hitting...poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers can't help but be moved by Lakshimi's fate." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)


A National Book Award Finalist

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

A Quill Nominee

Bildungsroman- Coming of Age

Bildungsroman: a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character.

Sold would surely be considered a "coming of age" novel. While the trials and tribulations of the protagonist are far from normal, Lakshmi goes through a journey that not only steals her innocence, but also shows her the value of life and her role in the world. In the beginning of the novel Lakshmi is steadfast and bold, she tells her mother that she will go to earn money for her family as a maid, "'This is good news less mouth to feed and I will send my wages home'" (McCormick 48). However, her dreams turn dark when she realizes she was sold into prostitution. This was a fierce awakening for Lakshmi, and she soon realized the difference between good and evil. She examines the city and comes to realize, " I don't understand this city. It is full of so many bad people. Even the people who are supposed to be good" (McCormick 159). Days, weeks, and months pass by. The weather changes and Lakshmi becomes hardened, she likens her reflection in the mirror to that of a corpse, until one day a strange man shows up. He asks her "Do you want to leave here"? (McCormick 204). Lakshmi struggles to find peace and deals with the internal conflict of paying off her debts and finding freedom. She ultimately is forced to make a decision: face her fear of the unknown and trust the stranger offering freedom, or stay in the darkness of the brothel and court shame she has made her own.

SOLD by Patricia McCormick

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