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Though this is fiction, it’s not for the faint of heart. A horrific, utterly realistic look at the tragedy that is the sex-trafficking industry.

Dime, by E.R. Frank, Atheneum, $17.00
Contemporary YA fiction, edgy, mature readers, ages 14+

    Dime is the fictional story of a thirteen-year-old foster child who thinks she’s been rescued by Daddy when he gives her a REAL winter coat with pockets and promises, promises, promises. Dime is quiet and observant; she listens and sees. And she can read. As she experiences what it means to be one of Daddy's girls, she is allowed to go to the library--but for what a price! Ultimately, books lead to her self-sacrifice and salvation from slavery

  Written from the point of view of Dime as she struggles to write the last letter she will ever write, sometimes she writes as Money (a quick fifty then maybe an hour of sleep before her 1 a.m.), sometimes as Truth (the girl mouthed, "help me"). And it is in Truth that Dime finds her strength.

  In flawless writing, the reader exists inside Dime's head, witnessing eight-year-olds stolen, traded, and trained well by Big Ray; taking in her realizations, emotions, and her systematic compartmentalizing of the things her brain can and cannot hold at one time. (WhatWhatWhat?)

  Observant, quiet, yet always perceiving, Dime carefully crafts a plan to save an unborn child. An unborn child born to eleven-year-old Lollipop, who Dime is to deliver as doctor-in-charge, in the hotel bathroom. During the nine-month pregnancy, Dime plans and watches. And when the time finally comes, you will be unable to put the book down.
  Not only do our thoughts linger with Dime months after finishing the book, but it is through ground-breaking, powerful characters and books like Dime that knowledge will spread and perhaps spark change to end the abomination that is the sex trade. 

   Ultimately satisfying but not a neat and tidy ending, this is one for discussion, especially among high-school students. Be warned, this book is disturbingly graphic in places, but it has stirred in me a consuming anger. What kind of person knowingly participates and perpetuates this destruction of innocence?
  In response to hearing of recent news in MY STATE’S SEX TRAFFICKING INDUSTRY, and hearing the testimony of those who have been involved in the sex-trafficking industry, I have been compelled to feature this book on this day, this book that has haunted and remained with me since I read it in one sitting after first receiving the ARC.

  Releasing May 2015, unforgettable, timely, thought-provoking, realistic, revolutionizing, read this book and share it. Raise your voice and do something. But I say:  

   "If anyone causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." Mt 18: 6-7:

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Dime, by E.R. Frank, Atheneum, $17.00
Contemporary YA fiction, edgy, mature readers, ages 14+