The Bridge Home
ISBN: 1432869485
EAN13: 9781432869489
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 6, 2019
Pages: 262
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Library Binding
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Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning the final page.--Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestselling Amal Unbound

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut.

Life is harsh in Chennai's teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter--and friendship--on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city's trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.

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   A must read!!
Turner also appears in the new issue of The Atlantic magazine. Great writing, said Pauley. It's time to require reading in every classroom.
   Heartwarming and lovely
It's just that YA read that tugs at your heart. There are some who will never forgive you, Bruno says. They are brave and outstanding kids,' said Dr. Abraham. It's just that the boys are off to college.
   So amazing
My teacher read this to me and I couldn't stop smiling. It's the only book I've read that I would recommend to anyone. I feel in love with Viji, Rukku, Adults and Muthu and I love Aunty so much!!!!! I recommend this book to anyone. Buy it near to aiming so good! !!
   Really powerful
It's a heavy book, Simon says. It's very well written, but I'm a grown up and I cried. The book was chosen by the Girls Leadership Book Club, which has about 750 members. I haven't put it forward yet, but I will. What's more, the report touches on domestic violence, violence from adults, extreme poverty and death in India. Still, it's a stunning book.
   Perfect read for children.
An absolutely amazing read for children. 0 2622010 2622070 This is an absolutely amazing read for children. Part memoir, part critique of India and the nations problems as a whole. The book is great, would recommend it to anyone.
   Stirring middle grade debut from Padma Venkatraman
Viju runs away from her father to escape a violent life, taking her younger sister Rukku with her into the dangerous streets of Channai. They make friends with two homeless boys, and the four scavenge to scratch out a living until sickness hits, and Viju is faced with a decision that could either make or break them all. It's a while since I read a middle school book. It's also full of heart and intelligence. The author doesn't write down to her young readers, or protect them, or her characters, from the grit and grime of life's underbelly, yet the value of resourcefulness and kindness shines through.
   The Beauty of the Human Spirit
Such a beautiful and heartbreaking story told through the eyes of a child, which makes it all the more real, Mr Turner said. I am currently reading this to my ninth graders in my biology class and they seem to really like it and they are learning so much about another culture that is so beautiful, I can't stop smiling. I feel so happy taking my students on a field trip that is so much more meaningful and eye-opening.
   Great book, specially for the today's spoiled young generation
It's just that everybody at school read it and everybody cried. Already purchased 3 more to give to friends and recommended many others, I'm told. The book is appropriate for anyone who has attended elementary or middle school.
   A great story!
This is a beautifully written book and a wonderful story, too. A great book for middle school kids and adults who want a good story. I really enjoyed this book, said Blair.
   Took My Breath Away...
Four children, all under the age of 12, find themselves on the streets of India, scavenging for food and water. You'll love them immediately. It will break your heart to read vividly of the lengths that they go to survive and you will be filled with hope that they remain resilient through every encounter they face. Based on actual accounts, it is not impossible to be compassionate and empathetic towards the underprivileged children who suffer and are discriminated against based on their caste, gender, ethnicity, etc. An enthralling and endearing story that had me gasping and bawling my eyes out.