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Short Synopsis
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.

Full Synopsis
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 U.S. 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.

"Hall's true story gives a face to the horrors of modern slavery and makes for very compelling listening." ---School Library Journal

"Hall has given a face to many. This is an excellent book for both individual reading and classroom use." ---Booklist

"Vitally draws attention to a global crisis." ---Kirkus

Hidden Girl

The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Author Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky

Narrated by Robin Eller

Publication date Jun 25, 2014

Running time 7 hrs

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