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  Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall

Review by: Jenessa A.
Missouri, Grade 10

Hidden Girl is a story about a young girl, Shyima Hall, who was sold into slavery. This story portrays all of her struggles during and after her hold within Egypt and America. While reading this story the reader will recognize the strong message with an admirable meaning. Shyima Hall's novel begins with her life in Egypt. Although she was living below the line of poverty and had a family with a questionable lifestyle, she loved where she was from and had a heart full of gold. Later within the story she was sold into slavery for a wealthy family after her sister had stolen thousands of dollars while working for them. Because her family was poor and could not pay the debt her sister had impelled her family into, Shyima's parents felt like they had no choice but to force her to work at a young age with no pay. After unknown misfortunate events take place, Shyimas captors get into trouble with Egyptian law, which forced them to illegally move into America. With the move to another country, would she ever see her family again? Would she ever be saved from her hold? The future was uncertain, but Shyima had high hopes and held herself up through this emotional era.

I enjoyed reading this book due to the fact that the topic was a rare, yet serious matter. Rarely will one find a person who can turn their heartbreak into a positive attainment. Shyima explained her feelings throughout the book in a way where the reader can connect to what she's feeling. Another reason why I enjoyed reading this novel was because even though Shyima mentioned her struggles and negative emotions, her achievements were shown throughout the book, such as her educational and her emotional achievements. I felt as if I were a friend of the author as a result of the jubilation I underwent during each milestone reached by Shyima. In conclusion to these statements, I would highly recommend Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall.

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