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Contributor(s): Hopkins, Ellen
ISBN: 1442482885     ISBN-13: 9781442482883
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
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Product Type: Paperback
Published: January 2017
Annotation: Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this “sincere and moving” (Booklist) companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.

In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heartwrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Novels in verse.
Prostitution; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015000095
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.25" (0.96 lbs) 505 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 178257
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66792
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
In Tricks, Hopkins gave voice to five teenagers lured into prostitution; in this sequel, each learns to see him or herself as the victim of sex trafficking. Through fears and disappointments, the characters find hope and motivation, and move toward a healthier life. Hopkins's signature free-verse style, frank approach toward addiction and sexuality, and predilection for melodrama are all accounted for.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 September)

Gr 10 Up—In this sequel to Tricks (S. & S., 2009), the author revisits the lives of five very different young adults who ended up victims of sex trafficking in Las Vegas. Hopkins spares no details while relaying the dire circumstances Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody experienced and yet still manages to infuse each character's story with hope. The protagonists have to decide what their futures will hold and how much they want to fight to get there. Reading the first novel is not necessary, as enough backstory is provided. However, some readers may prefer to understand the teens' path to sex trafficking before reading this story of redemption. Hopkins clearly has done her research, as detailed in an author's note, and the stories carry even more weight when readers realize that this is the reality many children and teens face. Hopkins's use of free verse allows the raw emotion to shine through, and mature teens will hang on to every word. VERDICT Ordering is a must for libraries where the first was popular. Recommended widely for older YA readers.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

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