Patricia McCormick 

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Students in the Schreiber Library received a special visit on May 17th from award-winning author, Patricia McCormick.  She is the award-winning author of the novels Cut, My Brotherís Keeper and Sold.  She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and began her career as a successful freelance journalist.  Her latest novel, Sold, is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist.  Students were able to read this book before her visit, which tells the story of thirteen-year old Lakshmi, who leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking she will be working in a nearby city as a maid, only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in a brothel in India by her stepfather.  The story is beautifully written from the perspective of this young girl in a series of poetic vignettes.  McCormick explained how she traveled to India and Nepal to interview girls and women who are victimized by human trafficking.  Students in several clubs are having bake sales to raise money (and awareness) to help girls like Lakshmi.  All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Maiti Nepal.