As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets -- a daddy and two "wifeys." So what if she has to go out and earn some coins to keep her place? It seems a fair enough exchange for love.
Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn't realize it was happening until it was too late.
But when a new "wifey" joins the family and Dime finds out that Daddy doesn't love her the way she thought he did, will Dime have the strength to leave? And will Daddy let her?
The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America.
"The book takes the form of a note that Dime is trying to write, whose purpose is unclear until the last chapters....The simple, one-line note that the protagonist ultimately writes is heartbreaking. The conditions in which Dime and the other trafficked girls live are horrendous and difficult to read about; however, this novel serves to illustrate that small acts of kindness can make a difference....There is a helpful resource list in the back matter, including information for victims and survivors of trafficking. An important work that should be an essential part of library collections." — Kristin Anderson, School Library Journal
|15 and up
|E. R. Frank
|May 26, 2015
|Atheneum Books for Young Readers