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Trafficked [Kindle Edition]

Kim Purcell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hannah has struggled ever since her parents were killed and her beloved uncle vanished. So when she's offered the chance to leave Moldova and become a nanny for a family in Los Angeles, it seems like a dream come true-and at first it is. But after weeks of working sixteen-hour days and not being able to leave the house, she still hasn't been paid. As things go from bad to worse, Hannah realizes that things are not at all what they seem and she finds herself doing things she never imagined herself capable of. But as she begins uncovering the family's crooked history, she may be exposing more than she bargained on-and putting her life in danger.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Trafficked by Kim Purcell:

"... chillingly credible and unflinchingly revealed ... Hannah herself, compelling and believable, keeps readers focused on her plight and that of other de facto slaves worldwide." —Kirkus

"Many reluctant readers won't be able to put down this riveting novel ... The characters ring true and as the plot reaches a crisis point, readers will be drawn in by the suspense of Hannah's captivity." —School Library Journal

"Purcell's well-researched look into human trafficking has the slow pull of a dawning nightmare ... Gritty, realistic, and eye-opening." —Booklist

"An eye-opening debut novel about modern-day slavery in America." —Horn Book

About the Author

Kim Purcell is a novelist, journalist, and teacher. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005USZN04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Topic for Students Who Can Handle it July 12, 2012
Slavery is a term all our young people think is something of the past, something that happened before their time. But what too few people realize is the slave trade is still very real and in many capacities. We have hear horror stories about the human trafficking into the sex trade, but the human trafficking into the domestic trade is also very much alive and very much ignored. In Kim Purcell's Trafficked, she fights to stop the ignorance regarding a veritable slave trade that imprisons so many of the world's young people.

Hannah is from Moldova, but the family looking for a nanny wants a Russian girl, so she must watch her dialect if she is to make this work. Her friends and family warn her about trusting anyone willing to take her to the US for a job that seems to good to be true, but Hannah won't listen. She and her grandmother are barely surviving as it is, and she won't sit idle while her grandmother's blindness ruins her life for lack of money for a simple cataracts operation. So Hannah travels under a fake name and fake visa to the States, but she is very wary of her surroundings. She has heard the stories of girls shoved into brothels and sold as sex slaves and has no intention of becoming one of them. When she arrives at a home with children to take care of, she breathes a sigh of relief that she has not become another statistic.

But instantly, something feels off to Hannah. Lillian, the mother, demands to keep Hannah's papers and return plane ticket. Hannah loses the ticket but manages to hang onto her visa and passport. Then, she warns Hannah to stay away from her husband. Hannah finds this disconcerting, but the promise of $400 a week is too much to pass up over a bad feeling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping February 17, 2012
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I read the Kindle version of this book in less than 24 hours. I want to say I enjoyed it immensely, but that seems almost disrespectful to Hannah, the 17 year old protagonist of this well written book. No one wants to enjoy a tale of a girl so used and abused and vunerable and real. And yet, I loved her spirit and determination.

Told through Hannah's all seeing, oh-so-young eyes, we feel her confusion and fear as she struggles to determine which of the adults in her new American life are worthy of her trust. Ultimately, it is only the advice from her grandmother, left in Moldova, that Hannah can fall back on - to follow her instincts.

This looks like it might be the first work of fiction from the author. Let's hope she brings us more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little lacking March 15, 2012
Trafficked shines a spotlight on a topic that is too often ignored. I think it's great that the author chose to bring more attention to the plight of some illegal immigrants. That this type of situation can still occur in this day and age is disgusting.

The problem with this book is that, ultimately, not much happens. Hannah arrives, cleans, dodges the husband and wife, gets frustrated, is treated badly. There's a weird subplot about what the 'host' family knows about Hannah's family but it's under-developed and since we don't know much about Hannah's family to begin with it just didn't resonate with me.

The best part is the ending, but even that felt like it was missing something. I felt like Hannah and Colin's relationship wasn't well formed or defined. We only see a few interactions between them so I didn't feel as strongly toward him and his family as I would have liked.

So while I applaud the author for bringing this subject to the light (and am THRILLED this is NOT a series (for once there's a YA book that is a standalone book)) I just felt it wasn't as good as it could be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trafficked by Kim Purcell January 26, 2013
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Hannah is a seventeen year old from Moldova who has lost both her parents in a bombing. She is brought to the United States by an “agent” and believes she will make $400 per week watching children and going to school to learn English and finish her education. This book shows slowly but surely how Hannah learns the real truth behind her trip to the United States. She toils long days doing housework and watching Maggie and Michael while their mother studies to become a doctor. Her husband Sergey is involved in some kind of shady business. Hannah is not allowed outside, she must speak only Russian to the children and the family is not paying her. As Hannah remains isolated, she is uses her inner grit and determination to survive this slave existence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A heavy story with a great message August 31, 2012
Trafficked is a unique book not just for the YA market but for the fiction market. It's a haunting story of a girl looking for a future who instead gets trapped in a nightmare. Hannah's story is a very real one that I think should be read by everyone.

Hannah goes to America to earn money to help her grandmother, learn English, and go to school to become a doctor. She never thinks about herself, only the ones she loves and people she can help. Even though her trip to America started terribly she doesn't let if affect her and she looks forward to the opportunities America presents her. She is brave, kind, funny, and strong. No matter what happens to her she continues to think of how she can help her grandmother and anyone else who might need her help, including the neighbor boy, Colin. Hannah's relationship with Colin doesn't really develop until close to the end of the book so it's hard to feel like you know him. Either way, he is a nice guy who just needs a friend, like Hanah.

The family that Hannah "works" for is not what you would expect. They are a nice family of four with some dark secrets and quite a few insecurities. They don't seem like the type of people who would force a teenage girl to slave for them and that is the scariest part. On the outside they are just another normal family but on the inside, things are so much darker.

My one complaint is that the book does drag a little. There are brief spurts of suspenseful chapters and then it goes back to Hannah's everyday chores. It got a little dull at times and I sometimes had to force myself through some of the less interesting parts. Luckily it wasn't often and the end of the book just killed me. Those last chapters are impossible to stop reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some students in my book club were disappointed that it wasn't about...
This was an intense but rewarding read. Some students in my book club were disappointed that it wasn't about sex trafficking, but I believe the kind of trafficking that is... Read more
Published 2 days ago by YAsuperfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Educates readers on the desperate choices made by many immigrants to...
After 17-year-old Hannah’s parents were killed in a bomb blast in her native country of Moldova, and her uncle mysteriously disappeared, she and her grandmother tried to make a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by SunshineRose
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Published 21 days ago by nikkole stinson
4.0 out of 5 stars From the headlines ...
Good book and great pacing. This is a great book to use to shine a light on a problem that is in the shadows of our everyday lives. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peggy W
4.0 out of 5 stars good book!
I never realized that this was going on in the US. It was a great book, hard to put down. I would like to read more books about this if I am able to find some!
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Slavery
This was a book that was hard to put down and sad to know that this really happens in our world today
Published 10 months ago by Vicki
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Ending
I couldn't put this book down. I found myself liking Hannah, couldn't stop reading about her. But in the end I wanted more of an ending, I wanted closure. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Penny Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
the story really hooks you. this is the best book I have ever read. it really opens your eyes that it could even happen next door to you
Published 12 months ago by Samantha
3.0 out of 5 stars great inside look
A very good look into the people that are trafficked into america. The lies people are told and we wonder why some are so closed towards americans.
Published 13 months ago by Shayna
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
This book really opened my eyes to a world that is so sad. I couldn't stop reading it. I wouldn't change one word. I loved every ounce of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by anne
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More About the Author

This is the Short Version:

I grew up in a small town. It wasn't right for me, so I got out. I went to university, got married and moved to LA. I wrote two "practice" novels before TRAFFICKED. I had two kids. We all moved to New York, which I love. In my spare time, I'm a swimmer and a runner and a yogi. I dance in elevators and change rooms. I laugh a lot and sometimes I yell.

This is the Long One:

The first book I wrote was in Mrs. Aalto's fifth grade class when I was picked for an enrichment class. I was so proud. Mine was called the Mystery of the Poison Ivy. It probably isn't any more brilliant than any other child's book and I didn't win any prizes, but it changed my life.

I realized then that having an imagination was a good thing. Before this point, it was a bad thing. I was constantly daydreaming in school and teachers would yell at me for not paying attention. One teacher dropped a stack of books in front of me and another threw an eraser at me. "Kim tends to daydream" is on nearly every elementary school report card. On top of this, I couldn't read very well and I was terrified to read aloud for years. But finally, I learned how to read and discovered that I could escape into books. I became an expert at walking and reading, which was an effective way to cut out a world where I didn't fit in.

I grew up in a small logging town in northern Canada where I didn't meet any novelists, artists or people who made their living doing creative things, ever. These kinds of dreams were "foolish." I made it through some pretty tough years by daydreaming, writing and reading.

I went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC to get a degree in International Relations and English and there, I learned something about the world. After I finished, I traveled to Mexico and Central America for a year, during which I wrote my experiences in my journal in Spanish. I realized I needed to tell stories, but I was going to be "practical" and get a journalism degree. I went to BCIT to get a broadcast journalism degree.

In the summer, I worked at the radio station in my small town, driving around and reporting on baseball games and fairs. I wanted to spend time with my family, but I wanted to travel the world. I thought I'd be a foreign correspondent, and maybe write a novel.

Shortly after I graduated journalism school, I moved to Korea to teach English with freelancing contacts in my pocket, but they quickly got thrown out when I met my future husband, Gavin, who was also teaching English after college and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I started writing my first novel. It turned out to be an overly autobiographical 'practice' novel and so I moved on to my next.

I moved to LA with my husband (who began working in the TV world) and started teaching ESL there while I worked on my second novel. I took writing classes, rewrote my novel about twenty times and sent it to some agents. Nobody wanted it. I rewrote it some more.

I started mentoring girls at WriteGirl (, an organization that pairs women writers with teen girls, many of whom live in South-Central LA. After a couple years, I became the Curriculum Director for WriteGirl, incorporating some of the fun teaching methods I'd developed in ESL into teaching creative writing. I wrote a book about teaching creative writing with the director, Keren Taylor, and some of the other writers at WriteGirl (PENS ON FIRE).

I kept teaching ESL and along the way, I discovered I loved teaching my foreign students. I loved hearing the stories they told me. It was a lot like journalism, but with more compassion. They told me stories about being mistreated and also stories of mistreating others. I helped one woman get out of a slavery situation and on the other side of things, I had students who thought it was no big deal to have a slave working in their homes. "Life is better for them." "They have food, don't they?" I became interested in the subject of modern-day slavery and the trafficking of humans. There are so many domestic workers in LA that I realized anyone could be a slave. Your neighbor could have someone working in their home as a slave and you wouldn't even know it.

I traveled to Moldova to research my next book, TRAFFICKED. I came home and wrote. I had a baby. We didn't have much money for babysitting, so I wrote every time the baby slept. That baby grew and then I had another baby. I stopped WriteGirl and started an ESL blog to share some of my knowledge with a broader audience. I did some freelancing for It's My Life, a PBS website. And I kept rewriting my novel.

Shortly after we all moved to New York City, I found a wonderful agent. Then, I found an editor in the most unusual way. I was coming home from the National Book Awards reading with some friends and we were talking on the subway about how my agent was about to send out my book when I noticed a woman was listening to us. I figured she was probably another writer - Park Slope is full of them. But then, when I got off, this woman got off and she said, "Excuse me, I'm sorry for eavesdropping, but I'm an editor and I'm interested in your book." I told her I'd love to get my agent to send it to her. She gave me her card. When I walked away, I looked down at it. I expected her to be from a small publisher because of the unusual way we met, so I was both shocked and thrilled when I read "Penguin". We sent it to her and they bought it. So it was a serendipitous moment, preceded by years and years of hard work.

My bio, in many ways, is about never giving up. And doing what you love because you love it and that alone is a great reward.

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