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. Download The Bridge Home – 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


      The Bridge Home
 By Padma Venkatraman IBN : 1524738115 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Bridge Home
  • Padma Venkatraman
  • English
  • 27 August 2018
  • 1524738115

10 thoughts on “ The Bridge Home

  1. 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, along with their cu 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, along with their cute stray dog and soon find that family can indeed be one that you pick yourself and happiness is often found in the most unexpected ways Goodness, this book packs a punch Don t let the overall ...

  2. Colby Sharp says:

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

  3. 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 writ I have loved Padma Venkatraman s YA titles and was so excited to see she was writing a book for middle grade reader...

  4. 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...

  5. Mary Lee says:

    Definitely a window into the horrible lives of homeless street children in India Horrible lives that are also filled with moments of beauty, love, compassion, camaraderie, and freedom This is a story of two extraordinary sisters and the boys who become like brothers In spite of the suffering an...

  6. 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 m o t i o n s and has made me cry from many chapters The Bridge 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 m o t i o n s and has made me cry from many chapters The Bridge Home follows two sisters One sister, Viji, is the older one and it s told from her first person perspective but her younger sister, Rukku, is told in second person perspective I know Weird But really cool that you are part of the story Padma did a fantastic way of describing Rukku s feelings and actions that you totally felt like you were doing them and feeling all the things she felt I loved it Viji and Rukku are just these two young girls who has an abusive father and a mother who is too weak...

  7. 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 amazing When Viji realizes her mothe 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 ...

  8. Rajiv says:

    Watch my detailed video review of The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is the first book that I am reading by Padma Venkatraman and I just loved it It is so inspiring to see the main characters strong and brave and display so much love for one another You immediately root for them and want to support them and hope that things work out for them The book is quick to read as it is a middle grade novel and written in a simple manner However, at the same time, it Watch my detailed video review of The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is th...

  9. ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎ says:

    What an amazing book There are so many emotions These children are strong and brave to go through the struggles that they went through I loved this book.

  10. Dana says:

    I LOVED this book So heartbreaking, but it ended with so much hope Viji and her sister, Rukku, runaway from their abusive father and live on the streets of India They meet two brothers who help them to make ends meet in their new life This book shows the i...

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