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Hidden Girl : The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky


Overview - An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery--and built a new life grounded in determination and justice.

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents.  Read more...


 
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Overview
An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery--and built a new life grounded in determination and justice.

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude--but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781442481688
  • ISBN-10: 1442481684
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 232
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.75 x 0.95 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.72 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Honesty and strong convictions characterize Hall’s storytelling in this disquieting memoir. Raised in the slums near Alexandria, Egypt, she doesn’t attend school, staying home to care for the household, especially four younger siblings. When an older sister steals from an employer, Shyima is sold to him to maintain the family honor. She is eight years old. For nearly five years, first in Egypt and then in California, Shyima labors from dawn until midnight to serve the needs of an extended Egyptian family. America marks a dramatic worsening of her plight: there the 10-year-old is the family’s only maid. However, America also offers freedom after someone calls the authorities about a shabby, undersize child who never goes to school. It’s a long road to something resembling “normal” in a new culture, language, and reality. Shyima is realistic about her challenges but optimistic, too. Her story holds attention without being too graphic—indeed, for some readers, there may be too little visceral communication of the horror of Shyima’s situation. Nevertheless, she commands unfailing interest, sympathy, and respect. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management. (Jan.)

 
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