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1406313955 / 9781406313956
Paperback
813.6
02/06/2008
Stock expected by 17/07/2020
England
20 cm 269 p.
Children / Juvenile  Learn More
Quiz No: 215473, Points 5.00, Book Level 5.00,
Upper Years - Key Stage 3 Learn More

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.

BIC:

5AN Interest age: from c 12 years, YFB General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

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