23 Sep Sold
Published in 2022
- Published by Cadence Publishing
Fifteen-year-old Roza thinks she’s leaving Albania for better things in the UK. But her dad has sold her as a slave.
Other people consider her their property and treat her as such. They work her hard, beating and starving her, refusing to let her go out. But she must tell people they are her parents. When Roza runs to the police, her captors show them a forged birth certificate. She is dismissed as attention-seeking and returned to them for punishment.
Before Roza left Albania, her teacher told her about a man she could go to for help if she ever needed it, but she was too excited to pay attention. Now, she can’t remember his name or address. He is somewhere in North London, but that’s a huge place.
She doesn’t think life can get much worse…until she tries to escape.
Every year, an estimated 300,000 children worldwide are enslaved by human traffickers. SOLD is one of the first novels to explore this.
Sue was born in Cardiff and has lived there most of her life. As a child her early efforts at writing were inspired by the stories she loved best – Enid Blyton’s ‘Mallory Towers,’ Elinor M.Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School series and the ‘Jill’ books by Ruby Ferguson. These days Sue prefers writing contemporary fiction for teens and the challenging, real-life situations they find themselves in. ‘Keeping Secrets’ was her debut novel, telling the story of sixteen-year old Ceri, who for all kinds of reasons doesn’t feel at home in her adoptive family.