Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

by Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
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Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading her story. It was an easy read for me to pick up after my graduate classes were over but the message was still powerful. The book moves quickly though. I would love to use this book when teaching someday. It is so crazy to think there is still slavery sometimes so I am glad she is so willing to share her story and raise awareness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well-written and fascinating story. Shyima was incredibly brave and sounds like a wonderful person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the book, which is awesome. I had absolutely no idea that this goes on in our country today. I know that there are many people, especially illegal immigrants who don't earn fair wages but had no clue about slavery, especially child slavery. My other comment it's about the punishment "The Dad" and "The Mom" received. All I can say is that judge needs to be removed from the bench! I don't know the details of the charges against the captors or maximum allowable penalties, but a non-custodial parent faces more jail time for not returning their own biological child to the custodial parent. At a minimum I would think that a single charge of kidnapping would bring more jail time than they received. I wish you well and hope you get to realize your dream of becoming an ICE agent or law enforcer...I'll be watching for updates on your career. I'll also be keeping mt eyes open now that I know what to look for in identifying those at risk. You are an inspiration for all and an excellent role model, even if it's just for a timid girl who's been pushed around one too many times in school. Have a great life w your family...girl, you have earned it!!! (and ignore any negative comments posted here...some people can be cruel as you well know).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel bad for anyone who would have a life like this....but this story has so many inconsistancies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It IS crazy to think that human trafficking is still at large. And so sad about the parent thing. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a easy read and a sad story but i felt that she kept repeating the same thing over and over again. it is crazy that there are people still experiencing slavery.
AnnetteOC More than 1 year ago
I remember reading about Shyima Hall in the news: a girl kept as a family slave, literally right under everyone’s nose. It’s one thing to hear about such things happening. It’s quite another to have it so close to home. (She was in Irvine in Orange County. I was living in Tustin, an adjacent city, during the time.) Some years later, when I heard about her memoir, Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave (Simon & Schuster, 2014), I was eager to have a chance to read her side of the story. The book begins with Shyima’s younger years in Egypt, her family plagued with financial difficulties. While the author doesn’t excuse her parents handing her over to work for another family, the book does show the reader why they probably felt they had no other choice. Kept as a slave, eight-year-old Shyima tolerated substandard living arrangements, received no education, and had no time for herself. It was work day and night. She kept track of time passed by the birthdays of her owners’ children. When her owners decided to move to the United States, they went to a lot of trouble to make sure Shyima joined them. Shyima’s life of slavery continued over here, until someone dropped an anonymous tip about the suspicious girl to the police. Now free, Shyima’s struggles didn’t end. She faced court trials, foster family drama, and the struggle of trying to find her place in a very different culture. But in the end, you can see that she’s happy and optimistic about life and eager to educate the American public about the modern-day slave trafficking problem. Hidden Girl is a great book, taking its reader through a whole range of emotions. Cowriter Lisa Wysocky did an excellent job keeping a very foreign and little girlish voice to the narrative. And it was encouraging for me to learn that the Orangewood Children’s Home (with which my old church had been involved) played a positive role in helping her. The book is good evidence that – even though there’s a lot of social and economic issues abroad – there are real problems here at home that need our attention too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book.
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This book is one of the few books that actully made me cry
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