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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
I Am A Girl is a picture book by Yvonne Harris depicting the life of a young human trafficking victim. Born in a country where girls are seen as just another mouth to feed, Jorani wonders if she would've been better off had she been born a chicken, a goat, or even a cow, because then she might have helped to keep her family fed. That's when a stranger comes and buys Jorani from her desperate father. Now far from her village and family, Jorani can't help but distrust the stranger and flees from him at the first opportunity. Feeling hungry and lost by the roadside, she is comforted by a kindly woman who tells Jorani of someone else who paid her price, a man named Jesus. Will Jorani accept her invitation to His Kingdom?
I Am A Girl is a tragic tale of suffering and salvation that sheds light on one of the most horrible ills of civilization - human trafficking. Yvonne Harris tells a gut-wrenching story of a young girl from an impoverished country who is sold by her father in desperation to feed his starving family. The saddest aspect of the story is that there are actual children all over the world who are being trafficked across borders to be abused and have their lives ruined by monsters who have no regard for human life. Fortunately, Jorani finds her sanctuary, but countless others never do. A poignant and relevant book for our times, it is a must-read.