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A powerful novel written in vignettes about a a Nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance to reclaim her life. Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though they are desperately poor, Lakshmi's life is full of simple pleasures: playing hopscotch with her best friend, looking after her black-and-white speckled goat, having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when Lakshmi's family lose all that remains of their crops in a monsoon, her stepfather says she must leave home and take a job in the city. Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India full of hope for her new life, proud to be able to earn, daring to hope that she will make enough money to make her mother proud too. Then she learns the unthinkable truth: for 10,000 rupees she has been sold into prostitution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781406313956
ISBN-10: 1406313955
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patricia McCormick

Patricia McCormick is an award-winning writer and journalist. She travelled to India and Nepal for her research, where she interviewed the women of Calcutta's red light district and girls who have been rescued from the sex trade.

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