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They Called Me Red
     

They Called Me Red

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by Christina Kilbourne
 
It wasn't the perfect life, but it was their life—Devon's and his dad's. They were there for each other. He wasn't prepared for Lily to come along and enchant his father with her giggles and shy glances. Devon has a bad feeling about this new woman who seems endearing one minute, ice cold the next, but his dad is hooked, and Lily moves in. When Devon's father

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It wasn't the perfect life, but it was their life—Devon's and his dad's. They were there for each other. He wasn't prepared for Lily to come along and enchant his father with her giggles and shy glances. Devon has a bad feeling about this new woman who seems endearing one minute, ice cold the next, but his dad is hooked, and Lily moves in. When Devon's father suddenly falls ill, and doctors can't find the problem, Lily insists that they travel to her native Vietnam, where her uncle can treat him. Once in her family's tiny apartment, Lily forces Devon away from his father, and makes him drink some musky tea that is supposed to calm him. It is only when Devon wakes up in a locked room that he begins to realize his suspicions about Lily weren't nearly as horrific as who she really is, and what she has done.
Within days, Devon finds himself locked up in a different location, with three other boys. Through hushed conversations in broken English and Vietnamese, Devon learns that he is now the property of a restaurant-owner named Long, and that he has been transported to Cambodia. As the nightmare worsens, the reality that this restaurant doubles as a brothel sets in. Because of his fiery red hair and freckles, Long is able to demand a higher price for him, and her customers start a bidding war. With the memory of his father and his old life keeping him from complete despair, Devon manages to hope for escape or rescue. Back home, those close to Devon refuse to believe Lily's lies about him running away in Vietnam, and an international search effort begins. Once found, the challenges continue, as Devon faces a new life without his father, and a new identity molded by unspeakable memories.

Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
"Kilbourne artfully depicts the horrors of forced child prostitution without resorting to disturbing specifics. The plot moves at a heart-poounding pace sure to appeal to young adult readers, and yet Kilbourne manages to imbue her characters with both depth and humanity."
The Brandon Sun
"Kilbourne does not preach...she tells a heartbreaking story while informing her young adult audience. This book will inspire much discussion and should be shared in homes and classrooms."
CM Magazine
"Kilbourne handles her subject with sensitivity and tact within an extraordinarily exciting novel...This is a message of both determination and hope which teens need to hear."
Resource Links
"This is a powerful story, realistic and dramatic, with just enough tension to keep the pages turning...This novel is highly recommended. Excellent."
ForeWord Magazine
"Kilbourne gets the dread across... [and] the sex necessary to advance the storyline is handled tactfully; fear and circumstances of imprisonment are the main focuses."
Booklist
"Kilbourne has written an intense, frightening book that, without explicit detail, introduces YAs to the horrors of human trafficking around the world. An exposé of human cruelty, courage, desperation, and resilience, the disturbing story closes with Devon’s shame and emotional pain as he reenters normal life. This isn’t an easy book to read, but it’s an important one that may lead teens to a better understanding of global issues and human rights."
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Red is what they called him because of the color of his hair. But, it was really orange. He, a middle-schooled, and his Dad had their own life when Lily, a Vietnamese woman, came along, enchanting his Dad. Devon had a bad feeling about this new woman who seems endearing one minute and ice cold the next. She marries his Dad and brings her two young sons from Vietnam. Dad becomes severely ill and Lily insists on taking him and Devon to Vietnam to doctors who would cure him. His father dies. Devon finds out what kind of woman she is when he is sold to a woman who runs a Cambodian brothel. It is frightening and exposes the horror of human trafficking around the world. Devon's courage, desperation or whatever, helps him to eventually go back to normal life. This story is certainly a different one for teens and may be very disturbing. However, teens need to be aware of some of these human rights and issues that are real and that are happening outside their comfortable lives. It's a different kind of novel. Reviewer: Naomi Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897073889
Publisher:
Lobster Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

"Author Christina Kilbourne received her master's degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Windsor, Ontario. She lives in Zephyr, Ontario. Dear Jo, Christina's third novel, won the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Her other books include Where Lives Take Root, Day of the Dog-tooth Violets, and The Roads of Go Home Lake. Her latest release, They Called Me Red, hits shelves in September 2008."

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They Called Me Red 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is one of the best books I have read! I could never put it down. I want a second book SOOO bad!!!