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Publisher's Summary

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 U.S. 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.
©2014 Shyima Hall (P)2014 Tantor
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By PATRICIA on 03-04-15

Important story but not a great book

I think this is an important book because the issue of slavery is so much more extensive than we realize. The story is compelling but the book was written in a very simplistic manner which made it less powerful to me.

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By Marie on 12-14-14

Modern Slavery - who knew?

What made the experience of listening to Hidden Girl the most enjoyable?

True story of a young girl sold into slavery, with all it's hidden, dark and dirty aspects. A not too much talked about subject matter, yet, a true story. I was beguiled by the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Cannot and actually refuse to understand parent that sell their children - and in this case - WHY THIS particular one?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shyima is my favorite character, only she can tell it the way she felt it.

What about Robin Eller’s performance did you like?

Great narration, warm voice and clearly spoken.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend the book, even for young adults.

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