Teenage fic­tion

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Moun­tain Wolf Rosanne Hawke, An­gus & Robert­son, $16.99 The lo­cal au­thor of Mar­ry­ing Ameera has pro­duced an­other wellinform­ed, well-writ­ten and har­row­ing novel set in Pak­istan and based on the traf­fick­ing of chil­dren. Nim­ble fin­gered six-year-olds go to car­pet fac­to­ries; striking, green-eyed moun­tain boys like 14-year-old Razaq are sold as sex-slaves. He hopes to escape and find his un­cle who works in the city, but escape is not easy, es­pe­cially af­ter he falls in love with a Chris­tian girl be­ing groomed as a dancer and pros­ti­tute. Hawke’s plot is as read-at-a-sit­ting grip­ping as it is dis­turb­ing, but her novel has a hap­pier end­ing than one fears might be the case in real life. Pro­ceeds from the book will help to re­ha­bil­i­tate traf­ficked chil­dren. Katharine Eng­land

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