Thursday, May 3, 2012


by Kim Purcell

When you come from nothing and a great opportunity presents itself, you'd be a fool not to take it.  At least that's what Hannah thinks.  She's a poor nobody from Moldova, an orphan living with her grandmother and barely making ends meet.  But then she's offered a chance to go to America.  She would be a nanny, able to go to school and live the kind of life she's only seen on TV.  She's not stupid, she knows that there are bad people out there who might take advantage of her, but these people seem different, better even.  But once she makes it to America she's going to find out that nothing is how it seems.  And in a place where no one knows who or where she is, there's no one to protect her.

Trafficked highlights an all too common issue in this day and age.  Even with all the literature and information available to warn people about the dangers of human trafficking, be it for sexual or slavery reasons, the problem still exists.  While Hannah's situation is, in the scheme of things, not the absolute worst, she still finds herself alone and without recourse as she is abused by the family she 'nanny's' for.  Hannah had known before hand that situations like hers could exist, but never thought she would be one of those girls who was trafficked.  It is a definite warning book that girls should read, a nicer version of the movie Brokedown Palace.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 10th Grade

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