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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Hidden Girl

Hidden Girl

Spring 2014 Non-Fiction
Ages: 14 & Up
Author: Shyima Hall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-8168-8
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Growing up one of eleven children near Alexandria, Egypt, Shyima and her much loved younger siblings had some happy times, despite living in poverty. However, when one of her older sisters, stole from her employer, their father traded eight-year-old Shyima into slavery with her sister's employer to pay off her debt and save the family's honor.

Two years later, Shyima was smuggled into the United States to Irving, California where she continued to be enslaved. Someone, somewhere evidently noticed, however, because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents arrived at the door on the morning of April 9, 2002, drove the traumatized, terrified twelve-year-old girl away from her captors.

Uneducated and speaking no English, a long, complicated recovery with orphanages and foster families ensued. Shyima's story is as captivating as it is enlightening. This resilient girl, who achieved American citizenship in 2011 at age 21, has written a gripping expose about human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Kemie Nix   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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