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An inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery—and built a new life grounded in determination and justice.Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capitol city of Cairo to liveAn inspiring and compelling memoir from a young woman who lost her childhood to slavery—and built a new life grounded in determination and justice.Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capitol city of Cairo to live 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.A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic....

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

  • Kyoko SWords
    2018-10-13 10:38

    Todavía estoy pensando si darle un 3,5 o un 4. Pero que mi calificación no los engañe, el libro me mantuvo enganchada absolutamente todo el tiempo.No voy a decir que disfruté la lectura porque por el contrario, la sufrí bastante. Es que su temática no da para sentir otra cosa: la esclavitud de una pequeña y su lucha por salir adelante de ese trauma.OJO, es una historia real.No me oirán hablar sobre la trama del libro porque quién me creo yo para juzgar semejante historia de vida. Pero sí quiero comentarles que aunque el libro es bastante ilustrativo, sí sentí que a veces se iba por las ramas. ¿Lo mejor? su mensaje de lucha. A veces la vida es injusta, pero ella misma te da oportunidades de erradicar dicha injusticia, es tu trabajo decidir aprovechar esos chances o quedarte lamiendo tus heridas.¿Saben qué? ya me decidí. Le doy el 4 porque una historia de vida así de dura merece ser leída por todos. Sin importar cuan bien o mal escrita este...

  • Matt
    2018-10-05 07:18

    Best non fic I've read in years, teen or adult.For real.This is an emotionally gripping true-story that shocked me in a way I haven't been, possibly ever. That it also enlightened me is a credit to the writing. I learned something from this book, and I'm a 28-year old man. I will never forget Shyima's story, and the deft prose, short sentences, and blunt way her life story is drawn out was masterful. Whoever helped her write this, that co-author did excellent work. The voice feels true, the horrible parts crashing into you, and the happiness and hope she eventually discovers lifts your heart.Yes, this is just an ARC copy with less than 10 reviews right now, but I cannot believe I'm the only 5 STAR (as of 11.23.13). This will be a contender for best of 2014 NON-FICTION if people know it exists and a buzz is made. I hope the publishers and ad campaign is strong. This belongs in highlighted areas of classrooms and libraries and bookstores.Every chapter added to the narrative and the pacing was spot on. I can't recommend it more to every age, but specifically, teens girls 11-16. This can change a life. I have said that about VERY, VERY few books in my life, because to say a book can be life changing is a sappy and often debatable sentiment; but it's true for me, and I suspect it will be for most who read this and have a soul."Hidden Girl" is the only book that is as crazy as Jeanette Walls's "The Glass Castle." What makes this book better is that you don't have to dig into subtle, literary exposition to find life's truths. Shyima Hall gives it to us straight, and we see what she has learned, plus, she gives us direct advice in the epilogue about how we can help other child slaves like her, what to look for, and how we should be careful with our lives in general. AND THANKFUL.End child slavery and all bondage.Love you, Shyima.MH5/5

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    2018-09-23 10:21

    WOW... cuando empecé a leer el libro no me esperaba 1) que fuera una historia TAN real, 2) que estuviera situada entre finales del siglo XX y comienzos del XXI y 3) que la protagonista fuera la misma escritora. El que ella haya vivido todo lo que escribió me pareció muy fuerte e impresionante. Tras haber leído la historia de Shyima, no me queda otra cosa más que decir que admiro enormemente a esta mujer por haber sobrevivido a un tipo de esclavitud (de la que no estamos acostumbrados a escuchar) durante tanto tiempo y siendo tan pequeña. Básicamente este libro cuenta la historia de cómo Shyima fue vendida por su familia en Egipto para ser esclava de otra familia muchísimo más rica cuando apenas tenía 8 años. Yo Fui Esclava nos deja ver desde la perspectiva de esta mujer que fue esclava desde los 8 hasta los 12 años, más o menos, cómo es trabajar 18 o 20 horas al día, comiendo poquísimo, siendo maltratada tanto física como verbalmente y recordando en cada momento del día que tu familia te vendió como si fueras un mueble más. Me pareció genial que el libro no estuviera escrito para que le tuviéramos lástima a Shyima, sino para que la viéramos como un ejemplo de fortaleza, de superación y de esperanza para todas las otras víctimas de la esclavitud que sufren en pleno siglo XXI. De verdad recomiendo muchísimo este libro porque creo que nos abre los ojos hacia una perspectiva de la esclavitud que poca gente se imagina y dimensiona. Es decir, a mi me dicen la palabra "esclavitud" y yo pienso en los africanos que hacían trabajos forzados hace cientos y cientos de años, no en algo que pase hoy en día... por eso creo que es importante conocer que la esclavitud no es un problema que se haya acabado con las supuestas aboliciones, sino que es algo que, si bien no es común, sí es actual.

  • Bobbie Greene
    2018-09-22 08:16

    The narrative of Hidden Girl is interesting enough to make you want to read to the end. You'll root for Shyima to overcome the obstacles that occur because of others' choices about her life, and the story is fulfilling enough in the scope of her experiences that I'd recommend it to others who are interested in the topic of human trafficking and helping those who may be victims. It's an especially good book to help open young adult eyes to a horrible practice that is probably going on in their own cities.I found that the telling of Shyima's experiences were somewhat lacking in detail, though. At times, I found myself skimming passages because her sentiments were often conveyed in a repetitive and superficial way. Rather than using more descriptions, her tone is very matter-of-fact. This may be true of her personality, but it doesn't help the reader to connect to her character, and thus may not evoke as much emotion about her story and situation.

  • Lindsay Wilson
    2018-10-11 08:10

    Won as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. Full review to come when it arrives!Update: The three stars should be interpreted cautiously, because this book definitely tells a really great story. It is slightly different from a lot of the other books on human trafficking that have a similar premise to this one, such as "Slave", in that while "Slave" discussed her time as a slave in great detail for much of the book, more than half of "Hidden Girl" is devoted to her life after she was rescued. I'm not saying this is better or worse, I was just sort of pleased to find that it was a unique approach to take. Also, it's nice to see where Shyima has arrived in her life and what amazing strides she made in adapting to her life once she was free. A very inspiring story.That being said, the reason I gave it three stars is that I really didn't care for the style. It's very colloquial. I hadn't expected to see that on the back it says this is for young readers, but now that I know that is the intended audience, I guess it makes sense. But the very informal style it's written in just didn't do it for me, and sort of detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Anyway, a good story, but definitely for a slightly younger audience.

  • Jeanette
    2018-10-12 15:27

    There are certain paragraphs and phrases that repeat in this writing. Over-whelming is one of those words that echo, as well. And in her word patterns alone you can connote that Shyima Hall's second language is English. So why the 4 star? The 4 star is not for the skill of the words themselves, but what they say. Shyima totally transmits her brand of shuttering, closed-in, downward eye looking, insular and so justified anger. Within this book, you also see her soul's identity blossom.This book documents the journey for her particular life's path. She details and details. It is not only remembered criteria but criteria of witnesses. Starting with earliest childhood days and until she was 7 to 8 years old, her life in Egypt is described. The connection of her truth becomes immediate. She does not "fill in the gaps". Naming only those which she can have a name/label put upon their "then" face. It just grips you- the manner in which she is grasping to remember her biological nest.But the intricate detailing of her transfer, her plane trip, her life in California. All of those, she does with a thoroughness for the options and skills that had been given her then and which she HAS now? It is no less than miraculous. Shyima, she lives up to her name's definition as she explains it near the ending of this book.The police, governmental agencies that prosecuted her slavers was another tale that was conscribed most excellently in her "eyes". And I do not doubt that there are 43,000 more household slaves just like her in the USA. And on other continents it is in tens of millions. Phoning your own version of Children and Family Services is not easy when you have little proof. I know, I have had to do that 3 times for this type of issue and also for other reasons. But please, read her last chapters without the current trend of blind and naïve eyes. Note all the patterns that she describes so intricately to minutia. Especially note, the hanging clothes that are not the right lengths for the child or teen. And bruising. Or the "quiet". This reminds me that our world's continued acceptance of "humanist relativism" as a kind of blueprint for conduct! It's false. There ARE some cultures and mindsets in which this scenario is absolutely normal. It is NOT normal and there is no relative acceptance of this condition in my sight or within my understanding of human laws. This is not a sleazy, violent, foul telling. Instead you can HEAR the internal blooming and aspiration. This is real. This is a must read. Human trafficking is increasing and ever increasing RIGHT NOW.

  • Juli
    2018-10-09 10:30

    ESTE LIBRO ES INCREIBLE! Sin lugar a dudas una historia de vida impactante que todo el mundo deberia leer!

  • Carla Dente
    2018-09-25 07:34

    Oh por Dios... estoy sin palabras! pronto la reseña en el blog.(sería más un 4,5. Pero por razones que exceden a la historia en sí)

  • Rhonda Keith
    2018-10-03 08:30

    This book was published for "young readers". It's about a very young Egyptian girl sold into slavery by her parents. Luckily for her, her captors moved to California, where someone noticed something unusual and reported her to the authorities. The girl was rescued before she turned 13, after years of drudgery, abuse, and starvation. As an adult, she wants to work for ICE or the police, to help others. At the end of the book, she lists what to look for in your neighborhood to identify possible cases of slavery, which is more widespread than you might think.Considering this form of slavery; the perhaps more common sex slavery; and the recent case of Hirsi Ali, who escaped from forced marriage and genital mutilation, and whose invitation to accept an honorary degree from Brandeis was rescinded; where is the National Organization for Women and other so-called feminist groups on these issues? They are keeping their mouths shut like good obedient females.

  • Claire
    2018-10-18 15:35

    2 stars because Shyima's story is interesting and pretty harrowing. It takes bravery to share this kind of experience with the world. Only 2 stars because the writing was fairly atrocious. The narrative was disjointed, lacked depth, fluency and at times was painfully repetitive.

  • Meli
    2018-10-15 08:24

    Qué fuerza, qué voluntad y qué ovarios los de esta chica.

  • Magda Jiménez
    2018-10-10 15:23

    No es como si me hubiera llamado la atención al instante, pero no lo juzgaría hasta no leerlo. Yo fui esclava relata la historia de Shyima una niña que vivió en una región cerca de Alejandria, Egipto, pero que a su edad de ocho fue vendida a una familia mucho más rica que la de ella en El Cairo, siendo forzada a trabajar durante todo el día, recibiendo golpes y ofensivas palabras provenientes de déspotas personas, sus captores. Aún ahora, Shyima conserva esa duda y remordimiento de porque su familia, sus padres, la vendieron como a un mueble más, con personas sin piedad, que la llevaron de Egipto a Estados Unidos. Sin duda, una historia dura y realista. (La misma autora es la "protagonista") Este libro hace ver lo que es el trafico de personas de otra manera, como en realidad es; te deja pensando en todas esas personas que quizá ahora estén en cautiverio, porque si bien el libro lo dice, el esclavismo no es algo pasado, es algo que se sigue practicando actualmente, ilegalmente.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-12 10:09

    My low rating does not reflect any belittling of the author's horrific story. It's just a really bad book. I didn't know it was a intended for a high school audience until I opened it (I knew of it only from a positive rating by a friend). I don't like the young adult genre of books so maybe I just shouldn't have read it. I'm appalled that a book written for a high school audience is written at a 4th grade reading level. Certainly we should expect better reading skills from high school kids. It is too obvious that her co-author or editor stepped in with slightly more complex vocabulary when the subject turned into a teachable moment. For example, the subject of stereotyping Muslim men and the faith as well as of denouncing prescribed psychotropic meds was broached by the author and the following two sentences fleshed out the topic in a teaching voice. I'm really sorry this happened to this girl but everything doesn't deserve to be published.

  • Kristen
    2018-10-08 07:12

    This is a true story, and an important story, and I'm glad to have read it. However, the writing is rather simple and dry--it is mostly a stream-of-consciousness account of a girl sold into slave labor. I don't know that the style of writing will keep my students engaged, but I appreciate Shyima's story and her willingness to share it in order to help others.

  • Audrey
    2018-10-01 14:13

    Shyima was eight years old when her life changed forever. She was born into a large Egyptian family. They lived in poverty and her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima referred to her captors as The Mom and the Dad, a very wealthy family, who treated her poorly. Eventually they moved to the United States and illegally brought their slave with them. Shyima was forced to work extremely long hours, was abused emotionally, verbally, and physically. She was also denied medical help when she became sick. One day, due to an anonymous tip, the authorities caught wind of Shyima's captivity and came to rescue her. It was a huge adjustment for Shyima to adjust to freedom. First she was placed in a Child Rescue Center and then into a couple of foster homes. It was a difficult road for Shyima since she basically knew no English. Since she had been denied an education in earlier years, Shyima was behind socially and academically. She understandably also had anger and trust issues that she needed to work through. Shyima has now become a strong woman and is an advocate against trafficking and slavery and has fulfilled her dream of becoming an American citizen. She plans to become a police officer and a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent so she can do all she can in the fight against modern day slavery.

  • LunaticBookLover
    2018-09-22 08:12

    Since this book was released I have always eyed it and wondered if it was any good. So when I saw it at my local library I knew I had to get it. My thoughts on this novel are not meant to be malicious at all. Though it has a great message and helped me to further understand modern day slavery, I did not like this books at all.The story read more like an essay, and while that is not a problem for most people, I prefer books to be told in a story-narration tone. Does that make sense? And at some parts the author sounded like she was lecturing the readers. I also think that she sounded very stuck up. Look. I get that she has trust issues, but she just seemed to just focus on everyone's faults. Another big issue I had with this book is how blatantly islamaphobic the author is. I understand that the author was mistreated by Muslim men in her childhood, but most Muslim men are not controlling and abusive. Besides those issues, my understanding of modern slavery did grow with reading this book. And that is really the only thing I enjoyed. If the book wasn't just 230 pages I probably would have stopped sooner. The message of this book is really the only thing this book has going for it, and I would not recommend it unless you really want to be informed on modern day slavery.

  • Caitlin
    2018-10-01 09:32

    I feel bad giving this book 2 stars because I really do think that she is amazing for all that she has conquered in her life. My reason for the low rating is because I feel that it could have been written in 100 pages rather than 230. It was really repetitive and not many stories were told within the book. I did like that at the end of the book, she listed various ways that you can spot someone who is being held against their will, as she said here are 17,000 new people being trafficked into America each year.

  • Alyssa
    2018-10-14 14:20

    don’t know where I should start. This story gives you the reader. so many emotions. At first I could feel the love she had for her siblings. And for her parents. The love she had for her was not always reciprocated, her father was verbally abusive. (Spoiler) Her older brothers molested, when she very young. And her family was poor, but she still loved and cared for them. Through out the book she mentions that she no longer remembers any of her siblings from being apart from them.Because her family was poor, her older siblings had to work along with her parents. One of her sisters, the one she describes as the wild child work for the family that she would soon know as The Dad and The Mom, her captures. This sister was accused of stealing from this family. And when Shyima and her mother go to discus, her sister action. From the moment she stepped in to that house The Mom had no thoughts of forgiving the debt and letting it pass. When it came down to it The Mom and her mother quickly agreed on Shyima staying and working for the family. This is where I couldn’t help but ask how could a mother without a second thought give up her daughter, without any thought of what might happen to her. I hated her parents for just leaving her, but I hated her captures more. The where down right mean to her. She was just a child herself and not only had to clean, but also had to take care of their twins. Before the family moved to the states, she was one servant among many. So she was just added help. The family had this feeling of entitlement about them, that they felt that Shyima and her family was below them. They never once addressed her by name always by “stupid girl”. Talk about a blow to ones self esteem. The move from Egypt to the States happened quickly. The family began to let servants go and return to their families. This began to give Shyima hope that she can finally return home to her parents. That hope was soon diminished when The Mom informed her and her parents that she would too be joining them in the states, because her families debt was yet to be paid in full. By this time it had been a few years that she has been their. And we would figure all should be forgiven. But no. Her parents where accepting payments for her work. Once in the states her work increased ten fold. She was expected to not only clean and care for The Mom and The Dad’s home but also The Mom sisters home. She continued to do as she was told holding on to hope she would be able to go home. She continued to be abused and neglected. What bugged me the most about when she came to the sates before she was rescued, was why did so many people just write her off. Like the mom in the park that took notice, or the staff at the the theme parks. Wouldn’t you thing that the signs of abuses or someone being held against their will would be something they where trained to look out for. But then again it wouldn’t. The moment she was rescued, you wanted to feel some relief for her and for her to feel the same way. But that feeling of true happiness would come much later. She was placed in a group home that specialized in working with children who where taking from their homes for a rarity of reasons. Being there she learned how to care for herself, she started to learn how to read and write, at the age of thirteen. This made me happy for her that she finally able to learn something she wanted to do from before this ordeal began.She was placed in several foster homes. The first where not perfect fits for her, she had come from homes where the men where abusive physically and verbally. And din’t want to go back to that. The finally family though not perfect by any means was just right for what she needed to get through the trail of her captures and to complete her education. And even though you get a feeling of her adoptive mom, at lest you know deep down she cares for her. As well as her adoptive father. She was given small victories before her life began to final stay righted. One of which was standing up in front of the court and finally standing up to her, abusers. And then being able to see them cuffed by Federal agents. The second being able to graduate high school. Shyima, became a learning to tool for federal agents telling them how to interact with the victims so they are not future traumatized. She was able to began to trust, though she watched and learned before awarding this trust to anyone. Which in the end was something I was glade she was able to do.

  • David Kinchen
    2018-10-14 08:32

    BOOK REVIEW: 'Hidden Girl': Gripping Memoir of Egyptian Girl Sold Into SlaveryREVIEWED BY DAVID M. KINCHEN Don't let the BFYR (Books for Young Readers) label on "Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 240 pages, $17.99, also available in an eBook) deter you from reading this memoir by Shyima Hall, with Lisa Wysocky: It's suitable for people of all ages and will enlighten every reader about a problem that flies under the radar in the mainstream media.Shyima Hall was born in Egypt in 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents in Alexandria, Egypt. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery, even though slavery is technically illegal in Egypt. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capital city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. Shyima writes that she was sold because her older sister Zahra had apparently stolen from the family and the "honor" code of Islam required that another child be substituted for the alleged thief.When Shyima 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. The neighbor who thought something was suspicious in the gated community noticed a young girl hanging up clothing to dry on a makeshift clothes line -- something people in upscale Irvine don't do, especially at night. Shiyima was not allowed to use the washing machine of the couple she refers to as "The Mom" and "The Dad". She was confined to a space in the garage and washed her clothing in a bucket of water."Hidden Girl" goes into considerable detail about Shyima's stay in a group home and later in foster homes, more than a few of them not much better than her captives. She's finally adopted by a couple and it turns out that this couple is as dysfunctional as some of the foster parents, with the wife being the major source of grievances. The authors are frank in their writing of all this dysfunction, something that should attract the 12-years-old and up target audience. Adults often misjudge the wisdom of teens and even pre-teens.Shyima was so impressed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official named Mark Abend who was involved in her rescue that she decided that she wanted to become an ICE agent herself and rescue the thousands of child slaves believed to be in the U.S. Abend, Shyima writes, was always there for her. He set such a good example that Shyima became a volunteer at the local police department -- and became a U.S. citizen. She also became a mother, after learning the day before her citizenship test that she was pregnant Shyima and her boyfriend Daniel are raising their daughter Athena -- and Shyima still wants to become a police officer or ICE agent.She writes that "More than seventeen thousand new slaves are brought into the United States every year. And more are being rescued than ever before. That's why it's so important to know that a rescued slave could show up in your school, workplace or neighborhood. That person is going to need a lot of love, care, and patience.""Hidden Girl" is a much needed book about an insidious custom being imported into this country by heartless immigrants. Americans are admonished to respect the customs of people in countries we visit. We should have no respect for barbarous customs like child slavery and should prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law -- as "The Mom" and "The Dad" in "Hidden Girl" were.

  • Michelle
    2018-09-22 09:21

    I received this book as a first reads giveaway. I was very moved by this book. What she went through and how she overcame it (and still is). Stylistically, it can be trite. However, taking into account that she knew only 3 words in English just six years before writing this book and her inability to socialize and express her emotions in a mature way, it was very well done. Her anger is still evident but it only helps her to seem more 'human' to me. I felt as if I was discovering who she was along with her. There were times I found certain words or phrases obviously were reiterated from a social worker or therapist but this only showed me her path of self discovery. The only thing I would change would be the last chapter. That chapter should be compiled into a 'How You Can Help' section and it should be all encompassing. It was the only section in the book that made me cringe. The chapter was very much written for preteens ("...share your concerns with a trusted adult"). And the paragraph in the epilogue beginning with "...the only sure fire method of birth control is abstinence" was completely out of place and I feel it needs to be taken out all together. No kid (or adult) wants to be preached to. It felt forced. (Plus, for various reasons, can be a dangerous topic to lightly bring up as an afterthought at the end of a book). Overall, she spoke her truth, which I admire greatly.

  • Beth Harrelson
    2018-10-17 07:17

    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Girl the most enjoyable?It was simple and to the point. This is not a book to be read for entertainment. It is for enlightenment and that's what I got.What did you like best about this story?That it wasn't sleazy, violent and not too descriptive. I could see clearly in my mind the places and people without dragging it out. It was so plainly written yet broke my heart. There is a lot to be said about such ability to bring her story to life in such an uncomplicated way. Her emotions came through clearly and embedded them in my soul.Which character – as performed by Robin Eller – was your favorite?This was a narrative. It was done very well. The concise pronunciation and lack of any attempt at accent made it feel as though Robin's first language was not English, giving the effect that Shyima could have been the reader.Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?While there was nothing horrific physically, on an emotional level I was horrified. I did drop a few tears.Any additional comments?This book should be read by everyone for a small insight into a crime which has been ongoing since the beginning of mankind. It would also be a fabulous book to give to a child who is forever complaining about how unfair things are in their lif

  • Meg
    2018-10-03 07:27

    Hall's memoir is engaging, but it is clearly aimed at a fairly-young audience, and unintentionally promotes American exceptionalism and anti-Islam sentiments. While I believe her story is well worth sharing and brings a much-needed spotlight to the topics of human trafficking and modern slavery, I think the targeted audience may be too young to recognize the book's subtle biases.It is unfortunate that the Muslim men in Hall's life each embodied a problematic stereotype, and I do not believe that her intent was to paint the religion with a broad brush. Unfortunately, when consumed by a young audience currently exposed to widespread Islamophobia, this has the potential for confirmation bias.Similarly, when describing differences between her life and opportunities in the US compared to in Egypt, there is a repeated emphasis on the experience "in America." In most cases, these are common characteristics across most western countries, not just the US. This simultaneously limits the potential audience of the book and reinforces the problematic ideas of American uniqueness and/or superiority.With a few revisions and a some additional oversight on the neutrality of the book's larger generalizations, this could be a valuable narrative for younger readers.

  • Andres Becerra
    2018-10-09 12:14

    Hmm como podría empezar hablando de este libro.Es una historia fuerte, sí. Con partes tristes y desgarradoras, que te harán ponerte en el lugar de nuestra protagonista que es Shyima.De un principio la historia comienza con un buen ritmo, de hecho, me estaba encantando, pero despues de la mitad, el modo de narrar de la autora me aburría, porque repetía y repetía hechos que ya habian sucedido, más adelante los seguía recordando y eso se volvio un poquitín molesto, y me hizo bajarle 2 estrellas.La historia es hermosa y cruda, y me encantó el final.Es un libro que recomendaría de todos modos, porque puede que a otras personas les encante más que a mí.En fín, es un buen libro, 3/5 estrellitas para él.Gracias a mí pololo hermoso por regalarmelo.

  • Northerngirl
    2018-10-08 08:08

    Wow is all I can say. This woman persevered through some of the worst years of her life. I could not believe the things this little girl was forced to do for her captors and the neglect they gave her in return. I also could not believe her biological families reactions to the events that occurred. This was truly a sad story that made my eyes well up with tears more than once. The amazing thing is, she is a true survivor and amidst all of the terrible things that happened to her and her lack of education she still fought to make her own life better after her rescue. She is a true inspiration and I hope that thanks to her book many other people or children who are victims of human trafficking are noticed and rescued.

  • Olivia
    2018-10-03 08:36

    It usually takes me several months to get through most books but I finished Hidden Girl in 2 1/2 days!! It wasn't so much the writing style as the story itself. Incredible odds and a determined spirit... Shyima Hall is truly an amazing and inspiring individual. This book not only made me want to research more about the author but about modern slavery itself. Raw, emotional, inspiring... I found myself unable to tear away from this gripping true story and staying up as late as 3am just because I had to know what would happen next! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  • Ashley Brown
    2018-09-25 07:25

    This book was so great! My heart ached for that little girl who was taken away from her mom and siblings and thrown into a world no one should ever be in. I don't know why people would treat a person that way let alone an 8 year old girl . This novel opened my eyes to the world of modern day slavery in the world. I'm glad that the law was actually on this girls side and did what they could to help her, I know it's not always that way. More people need to tell their stories of escaping and how the law helped them so more people will know that's it out there!

  • Trevor Pearson
    2018-10-09 08:23

  • Brita
    2018-10-14 12:23

    Amazing story and message.

  • Lin
    2018-10-10 07:17

    Calificación: 3.5"Yo fui esclava" cuenta una historia angustiante de la vida real. Shyima Hall es una mujer ahora que desea luchar contra la trata de personas, y por ello, ha decidido contarnos su propia historia, el como con solo 8 años de edad fue entregada por sus propios padres a una familia rica de Egipto para servirles 20 horas al día, 7 días a la semana, mientras era tratada como un ser sin valor. Una niña a la cual su infancia fue robada, su derecho a aprender negado y el amor le fue arrebatado.Una historia para abrirnos los ojos ante un mal que a veces pensamos que solo pasa en la películas o en tiempos pasados y muy lejanos. Soy gran fan de los libros contemporaneos, porque la mayoría de ellos me impactan, me hacen pensar y hasta marcan un antes y después en mi vida como lectora o como persona, así que desde que vi este libro en la librería y vi que además era una historia real, supe que debía ser mío. Me hice a la idea de que por ser una historia impactante y desgarradora contada de mano de quien la vivió, sería una historia que me impactaría mil veces más que un libro contemporaneo ficticio, empecé el libro con una cierta expectativa, y no con la realidad de lo que era, no comprendía lo que realmente me iba a transmitir el libro o departe de quien venía. Es un libro que logra el objetivo principal de Shyima, el cual es abrir los ojos del lector ante la trata de personas, hacernos ver y entender que esto es un hecho que se da y es actual, hacernos enojar ante las injusticias que recibía Shyima de parte hasta de su propia familia biológica, hacernos caer en la realidad de como vive una persona la cual es obligada a actuar y vivir en contra de su voluntad y, principalmente, abrirnos la mente para poder en el futuro ser de ayuda a alguien que pase por lo mismo.Lo que pasa es que creo que hay que ser consciente, antes de iniciar con su lectura, de que es un libro escrito por alguien que no tuvo el privilegio de educación desde una temprana edad, digo esto porque es algo en lo que ella misma recalca mucho y que creo que de cierta forma influyó en la manera de expresar los acontecimientos de parte de ella; hubieron muchas partes en el libro donde sentía que la historia era contada e inventada por una niña de 15 años, por su manera de expresarse o por ciertos relatos, hasta llegué a poner en duda que fuera una historia real, pero creo que esto se debe a que no es narrado por una escritora "profesional", y a que quizás mucho está contado con el enojo y el recuerdo infantil de una mujer, espero estar siendo clara, lo que quiero decir es que hay partes que siento que son narradas por la niña de 8 años que una vez por comprada como esclava, y aunque creo que esto es comprensible, a su vez le quita credibilidad a la historia y a la vivencia que nos narra la víctima.El 3.5 es más que todo por este hecho, porque no creo que la historia esté contada de la mejor forma, creo que en parte se debe también a que por alguna razón, creo, que el libro está dirigido a un público joven o adulto joven, cuando creo que debe ir dirigido a un público un poco más maduro; su narración es demasiado fácil de leer y el libro se hace demasiado ligero, cuando en realidad su historia es gruesa de aceptar, creer y hasta de hacerse la idea de que es real.En conclusión, creo que, aunque está contado por la misma víctima, el libro no le hace justicia a los terribles acontecimientos por los que pasó Shyima Hall. De igual forma, si lo recomiendo, es un libro que se lee muy facilmente y de cierta forma su simpleza te hace comprender de manera clara la trata de personas, aunque, si creo que hay que tomar sus momentos en el libro para detener la lectura y ponerse a analizar lo que se está leyendo, primeramente, analizar que se está leyendo una historia REAL y en segundo lugar, lo que se está contado, analizar la situación, la critica que se está intentando hacer por medio de sus páginas y las vivencias de está persona, comprender al 100% que son vivencias reales, trágicas y desgarradoras para una niña, no es un libro para leerlo y listo, pasar al siguiente, es un libro para masticar lo que nos están dando, llegar por medio de nuestras mentes de lectores y personas a darle la profundidad e impacto que al libro le falta, porque el tema que trata es un tema delicado que merece de nuestra atención, valoración, compresión y merece que sea tomado con la importancia y realismo correcto.Tal vez es un libro contado de una manera infantil, pero esto no debe ser motivo para tomar de forma ligera lo que nos cuenta, nos da un tema que pocas veces se toca y hasta es difícil de analizar y tratar, así que creo que hay que tener la suficiente madurez para saber como tomar este libro y con que pensamiento finalizarlo, guardando su historia en nuestras mentes para lograr ser diferentes a esas personas que viven demasiado concentradas en sus vidas como para ver que a su alrededor se está dando alguna injusticia, y que con solo un acto podemos hacer la diferencia y cambiar la realidad de una vida.

  • Krystal
    2018-10-19 15:25

    Hidden Girl, the story about a modern-day slave is a riveting read. From the first page, I was hooked and I needed to know the ending of her story. It was definitely a page-turner and a nice change of pace to the usual genre I read. It was a total eye-opener about what can and does go on inside people's homes. Hidden girl is a book that all young adults should be shown or asked to read even if it is just to acknowledge the horror of slavery, or to see that life events and challenges can be overcome. You just need strength and determination. Like Shyima, the young girl who went through something that we cannot even fathom - she had those two qualities that helped her through the end. From the start of Hidden Girl, Shyima recounts her life the best she can remember - From her happy and very young childhood on the streets of Egypt playing with her friends to her last moment in captivity. With all she has been through and the trauma she's experienced, her memory for simple things such as the names of some of her siblings have been forgotten. Sold into slavery to repay her family's debt but never actually given any money, forced to take care of strangers and do their every bidding, then smuggled into a new country to do the same are just some of the events that will be talked about in Hidden Girl. Shyima will recount her life with pure passion and hatred at times. You will feel her pain and emotions will run high in this book. There isn't a whole lot I can say in this review, being as Hidden Girl is a true story so I can't comment on the plot or the storyline or such similar things so all I can say is that you should read this book and be aware of these events that can happen behind closed doors. Human trafficking is thought to be something in the past, when statistics and this true story still show that child slavery is something in today's day and age. The one thing that saved Shyima was someone who noticed something a bit off at a certain household and made one phone call.Shyima was put through hell and back and at times was willing to give up but she stayed strong and came out on top in the end. The people she meets in her new life who help her and become the ones she learns to trust again play a huge role in her life now and have shaped who she has become and the work Shyima does now to educate the uneducated and bring justice into an unjust world.