Sylvia & Me
Banned Books and Young Adults

SOLD by Patricia (Patty) McCormick is one of the most banned books for the 2022 – 2023 school year. It’s the story of a 13-year-old girl in India who is sold into sexual slavery. The book addresses the global issue of child trafficking. There is no graphic dialogue in the book.

Patty writes for the YA (young adult) audience. She is the author of several critically acclaimed novels. Her novels vary in topic including genocide, self-harm, and child trafficking. Banning books on such topics does a disservice to our youth. When Patty speaks at schools, young adults realize they are not alone.

Her books have been named to the New York Times Notable Books list, Publishers Weekly Best Books list, NPR’s Best Books list and iTunes Best Books lists. SOLD, featuring Gillian Anderson, was released as a feature film on April 1, 2016.

Patty attended Rosemont College, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has an MFA from the New School. She lives in New York. Her honors include New York Foundation on the Arts fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship, and MacDowell Center fellowship.