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The Bridge Home

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Chennai, India.

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ISBN 9781524738112
Barcode 9781524738112
Published 5 February 2019 by Random House
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Venkatraman, Padma
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ISBN-13 9781524738112
ISBN-10 1524738115
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Publication Date 5 February 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Venkatraman, Padma
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 217mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 316g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Street children - Juvenile fiction - India - Chennai, India, Runaways, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Runaways, JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 964572

Description of this Book

Oliver Twist meets Slumdog Millionaire in this tale of homeless children trying to make a life for themselves in Chennai, India. When Viji and her sister, Rukku, whose developmental disability makes her overly trusting and vulnerable to the perils of the world, run away to live on their own, the situation could not be more grim. Life on the streets of the teeming city of Chennai is harsh for girls considered outcasts, but the sisters manage to find shelter on an abandoned bridge. There they befriend Muthi and Arul, two boys in a similar predicament, and the four children bond together and form a family of sorts. Viji starts working with the boys scavenging in trash heaps while Rukku makes bead necklaces, and they buy food with what little money they earn. They are often hungry and scared but they have each other--and Kutti, the best dog ever. When the kids are forced from their safe haven on the bridge, they take shelter in a graveyard. But it is now the rainy season and they are plagued by mosquitos, and Rukku and Muthu fall ill. As their symptoms worsen, Viji and Arul must decide whether to risk going for help--when most adults in their lives have proven themselves untrustworthy--or to continue holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review * Venkatraman's middle-grade debut tackles sisterhood, chosen families, and loss. . . . Viji's narration is vivid and sensory. . . . The novel also touches on social justice issues such as caste, child labor, and poverty elegantly, without sacrificing narrative. A blisteringly beautiful book. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Author's Bio

Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary. She is also the author of A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), Island's End (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice).

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