Sold- Patricia McCormick

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I read this book back around Halloween and never sat down and wrote my review.  I really enjoyed Sold.  It was a super fast read for me and I polished it off in just a few hours.  I thought that by writing it in a series of vignettes McCormick made it more accessible and readable for students of all ability levels.  The story deals with a girl in Nepal who is sold into sexual slavery.  The way that McCormick deals with the sexual side of the story is tasteful but still illustrates the horrors that were endured.

This book is definitely a high school level book.  I think it would be appropriate for a high school class.  I would also recommend it for use in a Human Rights class.  It will appeal more to female v, male students but deals with a topic that I think everyone should learn about.


  • ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults 2007
  • National Book Award Finalist 2007
  • National Public Radio – Top 100 Books of the Year 2007
  • Book Sense Pick 2007
  • California Young Reader Medal 2007
  • Quill Award 2007
  • Gustav-Heinemann-Peace Prize 2008

Goodbye 2009 Hello 2010

I read more books this year than I have in the past two years, but still not as many as I’d have liked.  Here’s the list:

The titles that are bolded are my absolute favorites of the year.

1. Slam- Nick Hornby
2. Judge and Jury- James Patterson
3. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports- James Patterson
4. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning- James Patterson (see above link)
5. An Abundance of Katherines- John Green
6. Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
7. Cuba 15– Nancy Osa
8. Bullyville– Francine Prose
9. Tangerine– Edward Bloor
10. Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson
11. How Ya Like Me Now– Brendan Halpin
12. Beauty Shop for Rent– Laura Bowers
13. Storm Runners- T. Jefferson Parker
14. Boy Proof– Cecil Castellucci
15. Room in the Heart– Sonia Levitin
16. Confessions of a Not It Girl– Melissa Kantor
17. The White Darkness– Geraldine McCaughrean
18. American Born Chinese– Gene Luen Yang
19. Nation– Terry Pratchett
20. The Battle of Jericho– Sharon M. Draper
Persepolis– Marjane Satrapi

22. A Step From Heaven- An Na
23. Kit’s Wilderness– David Almond
24. Being Nikki– Meg Cabot
25. The Chocolate War– Robert Cormier
26. Dead is the New Black– Marlene Perez
27. Jellicoe Road– Melina Marchetta
Tears of A Tiger– Sharon Draper
29. The House on Mango Street-Sandra Cisneros
30. Ghostgirl– Tonya Hurley
31. Max– James Patterson
32. The Hunger Games– Suzanne Collins
33. So Not the Drama– Paula Chase
34. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes– Chris Crutcher
35. The Quickie- James Patterson
36. Ghostgirl: Homecoming- Tonya Hurley
37. Josef Jaeger- Jere Fishback.
38. Sold- Patricia McCormick
39. Twilight- Stephenie Meyer

For 2010 I am renewing my vow to keep reading and keep providing reviews.  Keep an eye out for reviews of Sold, Twilight, and Sunrise Over Fallujah in the next few weeks.  I appreciate everyones support, and can’t wait to see what the library holds for me this year!

What are your reading related resolutions for 2010?