Dirty Work by Julia Bell

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Hope has everything that money can buy . . . except happiness. She may be spoilt but Hope’s sure that as far as her preoccupied parents are concerned, she’s hopeless. Oksana doesn’t even have a mum. And her dad and brother are miles away, left behind in Russia. She thought Europe would offer a better life – instead, bought and sold into prostitution, she feels dirty and used. Then Oksana and Hope are thrown together in the most terrifying circumstances imaginable. Their only real chance of escape lies with each other, but how do two teenagers with so little in common find the way . . . ? A tense, shocking novel – with a hint of hope.
 

About Julia Bell

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Julia Bell is a novelist and lecturer on the MA Creative Writing course at Birkbeck, University College London. Her first novel, MASSIVE, was published by Young Picador to critical acclaim. DIRTY WORK is her second novel. She is also the co-editor of the bestselling Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan), written while she was teaching at the University of East Anglia. Julia lives in London and is working on her third novel.
 
Published April 9, 2008 by Young Picador. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The dirty work suggested in the title might be the sex acts abductors forced on teen girls, or perhaps the phrase alludes to the nasty business of prying the girls from their families.

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Dirty Work by Julia Bell 240pp, Macmillan, £9.99 In Dirty Work Julia Bell writes about leaving girlhood behind.

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Publishers Weekly

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Two teenage girls from vastly different backgrounds alternately narrate this complex, gritty story about an international kidnapping and prostitution ring.

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