The Bridge Home




      The Bridge Home
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 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. New Download [ The Bridge Home ] Author [ Padma Venkatraman ] – heartforum.co.uk

American author, Padma Venkatraman, has worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships and spent time under the sea, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries Her 3 novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews 12 altogether , and won numerous honors and awards e.g ALA, IRA Notable Booklist, Kirkus, NYPL, Yalsa BBYA CCBC choice IBBY outstanding, etc She provides keynote addresses and commencement speeches, travels to international author festivals, serves on panels, does author visits and conducts workshops Visit her at www.padmasbooks.blogspot.com and www.padmavenkatraman.com

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      The Bridge Home
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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Bridge Home
  • Padma Venkatraman
  • English
  • 01 December 2019
  • 1524738115

10 thoughts on “ The Bridge Home

  1. Reading Tam Ishly says:

    Read this a few months ago Not that memorable Somehow too whimsical for a middle grade contemporary read Did not work for me Yes, there are good and sad moments but it s a little unrealistic.

  2. Colby Sharp says:

    Amazing book Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.Adding it to my list of awesome 2019 books.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thank you kidlitexchange penguinkids and venkatraman.padma for the review copy of this book All opinions are my own This middle grade, realistic fiction will be realeased 2.5.19 This book takes place in India It follows two sisters, Viji and Rukku, as they run away from their abusive father and choose to live on the streets They soon team up with two sweet boys, Muthi and Arul, who share their shelter and show them how to find work The four quickly form a tight bond...

  4. Susan says:

    I have loved Padma Venkatraman s YA titles and was so excited to see she was writing a book for middle grade readers The respect she has shown for this age group in the writing of this poignant novel is amazing She has not shied away from exposing the harsh realities of the caste system of India, while also honoring the authentic graciousness and integrity of organizations like Concerned for Working Children.Viji, Ruku, Arul, and Muthi illuminate the power of friendship in the beautifully I have loved Padma Venkatraman s YA titles and was so excited to see she was writing a book for middle grade readers The respect she has shown for this age group in the writing of this poignant novel is am...

  5. Melody says:

    Wow What a great book I listened to the audio version, read by the author I was so touched Thank you for bringing the plight of homeless children in India to light.

  6. Laura Harrison says:

    In the early to mid 00 s there was an influx of depressing children s middle grade readers I am still traumatized by Cynthia Kadohata s Kira Kira How I hope we don t return to that trend in children s literature Ofcourse The Bridge Home is well written It is by Padma Venkatraman Ofcourse the subject matter is important and everyone in the world should be aware of the millions of homeless and abused children in India I believe it is just too dark for middle grade readers The volume is slim In the early to mid 00 s there was an influx of depressing children s middle grade readers I am still traumatized by Cynthia Kadohata s Kira Kira How I hope we don t return to that trend in children s literature Ofcourse The Bridge Home is well written It is by Padma Venkatraman Ofcourse the subject matter is important and everyone in the world should be aware of the millions of homeless and abused children in India I believe it is just too dark for middle grad...

  7. Book Hunter says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the story of two sisters, one with a developmental disability, who left home because of their abusive father to live on the streets of India It was a depressing middle grade read The pacing and writing fell flat for me The author was very descriptive on street conditions, and then a puppy was included to addsadness, and one of...

  8. Lisa (Remarkablylisa) says:

    MY RATING 5 5 STARSI received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.Honestly, guys Honestly, this book hands down converted me into a middle grade novel reader Like I thought I would be too mature for the style of writing but THE BRIDGE HOME was written simply for a young reader but it didn t annoy me nor did the characters feel too childish for me to relate This book has made me feel so many e...

  9. Brandy Painter says:

    I really don t know what to rate this This is well written and for such a short, easy read packs quite the emotional wallop This is a contemporary story of two sisters in India who run away from their abusive father and have to survive on the streets of a big city They are homeless and spend their days scavenging through trash for anything that might bring a little money They meet two young boys, and the four children quickly form a family The...

  10. Julie Kirchner says:

    Updated May 6th, 2019 I recently listened to the audio of this book after reading it multiple times and I am SO happy I did Padma reads the story and it made a perfect book even better I cannot love this bookA favorite of 2018 AND 2019 Definitely one that I will recommend for years to come Such a special book Original review from August 2018 I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book from Nancy Paulsen and I am so glad I did It is...

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