The bridge home by Venkatraman, Padma (#1246AS5)

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The bridge home

by Venkatraman, Padma
Hardcover Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019

$16.99

Overview
From the Publisher
"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.
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 02/01/19
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 01/01/19
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/19
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 12/15/18
  • New York Times, 05/05/19
  • Publishers Weekly Annex starred, 12/17/18
  • School Library Connection starred, 05/01/19
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/19
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 12/01/18
Product Details
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 194 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-52473-811-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-52473-811-2
  • LCCN: 2018-035686
  • Follett Number: 1246AS5
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 4.0
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 5
  • AR Quiz: 501239EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 10
  • Lexile: 680L