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The Resource Hidden girl : the true story of a modern-day child slave, Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky

Hidden girl : the true story of a modern-day child slave, Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky

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Hidden girl : the true story of a modern-day child slave
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Hidden girl
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the true story of a modern-day child slave
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Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky
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eng
Summary
The author, Shyima Hall, was eight when her parents sold her into slavery. In Egypt's capitol city of Cairo, she lived 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. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances
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  • Gr 7 – 10 — Shyima Hall was eight years old when her parents sold her into slavery. Before this, she was living with them and her 10 siblings in poverty in a small town near Alexandria, Egypt. She worked tirelessly for her captors, receiving no medical care or schooling and developed a general mistrust of people. When her owners moved to the U.S., Shyima was illegally transported to California, where her bondage continued. She was forced to live in a garage and not allowed to have outside contacts. This memoir follows her experiences from her early childhood and captivity to her life after she was rescued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Teens will be interested in learning how Shyima adjusted to foster care and adoption, school, dating, working, and being a regular young adult. The book ends on an uplifting note as Shyima becomes a mother and continues working toward her goal of becoming a police officer or working for the ICE in order to save others forced into bondage. The specific details of her eye-opening account provide an excellent introduction to the terrible plight of thousands of slaves who are brought into the U.S. each year. For teachers who want to develop text-sets about child slavery and labor, combine this book with Susan Kuklin's Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Labor (Holt, 1998); David L. Parker, Leeanne Engfer, and Robert Conrow's Stolen Dreams (Carolrhoda, 1997); and Russell Freedman's Kids at Work (Clarion, 1994).—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York --Myra Zarnowski (Reviewed February 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 2, p124)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed November 4, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 44, p)
  • This memoir of modern domestic slavery ends with hope and determination, as young author Hall (born Shyima El-Sayed Hassan) is "one of the fortunate 2 percent" to be freed from servitude. Shyima's childhood in Egypt ends when her parents are blackmailed into turning over their 8-year-old daughter to a wealthy couple. Every day, Shyima cleans the five-story house and the 17-car garage, "standing on a stool doing the dishes" because she's too tiny to reach the sink. When she's 10, Shyima's captors move to California, illegally trafficking her into the U.S. After two more years of hard labor and increasing ill health, a worried neighbor calls the police, and Shyima's journey into freedom begins. A chain of Muslim and Christian foster parents (some protective, others exploitative) leads her to become an anti-slavery activist. Unsurprisingly, Hall's representations of Arab and Muslim men are filtered through her appalling experiences. Though she acknowledges misogyny "is not what the Muslim faith is about," readers should expect to find depictions that hew closely to negative stereotypes. Those readers prepared to brave a dense, adult tome could move from Hall's memoir to John Bowe's Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy (2007) for a deeper look. The proximity to pain makes for a choppy narrative but also vitally draws attention to a global crisis. (Nonfiction. 13-16) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
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10276597
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Hall, Shyima
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Grade 9 to 12
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 7
  • 10
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1957-
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Wysocky, Lisa
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True
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  • Child slaves
  • Child slaves
  • Egyptians
  • Child abuse
  • Foster parents
Target audience
juvenile
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the true story of a modern-day child slave
Label
Hidden girl : the true story of a modern-day child slave, Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky
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volume
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text
Control code
000050947089
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9781442481688
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013011860
System control number
(OCoLC)842322956
Label
Hidden girl : the true story of a modern-day child slave, Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000050947089
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9781442481688
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013011860
System control number
(OCoLC)842322956

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