The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home

Padma Venkatraman / Jun 16, 2019

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

  • Title: The Bridge Home
  • Author: Padma Venkatraman
  • ISBN: 1524738115
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 208 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books More Details ISBN 1524738115 ISBN13 9781524738112 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Bridge Home, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2019 YA MG Books With POC Leads 229 books 176 voters Favorite chapter books 2019 1 book 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 04, 2019 Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves kidlitexchange, middle grade, read 2019 Thank you kidlitexchange penguinkids and venkatramandma 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 venkatramandma 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 size or the short chapter lengths fool you Venkatraman s storytelling is absolutely vivid and full of every possible emotion After reading the author s notes you realize the personal connection on where she got her real life inspiration and it makes you appreciate the story a thousand times It was easy to fall in love with these kids and route for them along the way I adored their innocence, kindness and self preservation I love books that introduce the reader to a different culture This book includes a glossary at the beginning for those words you might not be familiar with It s a sweet book, but it s also incredibly heartbreaking and sad It does cover some pretty heavy topics, but in an age appropriate way Along with abuse and homelessness, it addressed severe poverty, child labor, disability, death and religion This is definitely a story that needs to be shared flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, grades 5 6, grades 6 7, grades 4 5, middle grade, realistic fiction 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 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 written story Filled with humor, tension, heartbreak, and hope, this is a story that I know will capture the hearts of readers for years to come This is a must read, must own, must share book flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 07, 2018 Tory rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, middle years, perspective for kids Based on true experiences a bleak look at the plight of lower caste street children in India A message of hope overall, but wrapped in so much depression that it s hard to really enjoy Much better written than the book I d think to compare it to Amal Unbound flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Pam Page rated it it was amazing Shelves children s realistic fiction Wow, this book will make quite an impact with children but also adults I hope to see from Padma Venkatraman flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Laurie rated it it was amazing Shelves elementary, grades 5 8, middle school Interest Level 5 8If you were in a home with an abusive father, what lengths would you go to to protect yourself and your little sister This is the situation that Viji and her younger sister, Rukku, are facing Viji makes a decision one night to gather some of their things and run away to the city to escape the abuse Viji doesn t know what to expect living on their own but it is far worse than she ever imagined Another issue facing them is that Rukku has a developmental disability which make Interest Level 5 8If you were in a home with an abusive father, what lengths would you go to to protect yourself and your little sister This is the situation that Viji and her younger sister, Rukku, are facing Viji makes a decision one night to gather some of their things and run away to the city to escape the abuse Viji doesn t know what to expect living on their own but it is far worse than she ever imagined Another issue facing them is that Rukku has a developmental disability which makes her extremely accepting of strangers, which is dangerous when you are living on the streets When they find shelter under a bridge they meet Muthi and Arul, two boys in a similar situation as them The boys teach Viji how to earn money by digging through the local trash dump to sell glass, tin, and cardboard The money is barely enough to buy food so they are hungry most of the time To make things worse, their home is exposed and they have to flee and seek shelter in a graveyard The problem is, it is the rainy season and the mosquitoes are abundant When Muthi and Rukku become ill will Viji and Arul risk everything to get them medical help All of these siblings have faced some horrible adults in their lifetime Can they trust any of them now Read this book to find out the fate of these four children who have become a family.I m not going to lie when I say this book made me ugly cry so many times The love between these two sisters and the love between these four friends was so endearing not to mention the love between all four of them and a dog This book really makes you stop and think about yourself and if you have the love for someone else that you would risk everything for Also, despite Viji s dire circumstances, she never gives up her dream of one day becoming a teacher She shows the reader that no matter what hardships you are going through, never quit dreaming I literally have goosebumps just writing this review Please, please, please do not miss this amazingly incredible book about family, friendship, undying love, and never losing hope despite all the odds.Follow me Blog Blazer Tales Laurie s Library Place laurieslibrary laurieevans27 Laurie Purser flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Aug 10, 2018 Julie Kirchner rated it it was amazing Shelves middle grade 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 mother is not going to do anything to get away from her abusive father, even after he starts hurting Viji and her learning disabled sister Ruku, Viji decides they would be better off running away and living off the streets in the city She leaves with few possessions and very little money not aware of the dangers and struggles that face them The girls find two 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 mother is not going to do anything to get away from her abusive father, even after he starts hurting Viji and her learning disabled sister Ruku, Viji decides they would be better off running away and living off the streets in the city She leaves with few possessions and very little money not aware of the dangers and struggles that face them The girls find two street boys who help them find shelter, food and a way to survive The four become instant friends and eventually grow to be family They spend their days searching through trash piles for treasure to be sold for rupees, only to be taken advantage of and treated by some as worse than the trash they sort through each day When the rainy season descends, so does illness and they are forced to make tough decisions about what they must do and who they can trust for help This book is Padma Venkatraman s first middle grade novel She has done a fantastic job writing for this age group and I am elated to have this book available for my middle grade readers This book comes out in February 2019 A definite pre order flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Laura Gardner rated it it was amazing We were in plain sight But we were invisible 5 for THE BRIDGE HOME by padmavenkatraman, which I received in exchange for an honest review and to share with kidlitexchange I m so grateful to get my hands on this book early because I ve been hearing such amazing things about thebridgehome, which is ultimately about the vulnerability, but also the resilience of children In addition to being beautifully written and about an important subject matter that will offer a window into the We were in plain sight But we were invisible 5 for THE BRIDGE HOME by padmavenkatraman, which I received in exchange for an honest review and to share with kidlitexchange I m so grateful to get my hands on this book early because I ve been hearing such amazing things about thebridgehome, which is ultimately about the vulnerability, but also the resilience of children In addition to being beautifully written and about an important subject matter that will offer a window into the world of homelessness in India, this book is impossible to put down I loved how it was written in second person as a letter from Viji to her beloved, disabled sister Rukku I loved how Viji, Rukku, Muthi and Arul made their own beautiful family and looked out for one another.I loved seeing Rukku grow and change as she was finally given the opportunity to contribute her own special gifts to her family How can such a slim novel pack so much power I will be thinking about this one for a long time.Issues addressed include abusive relationships, child labor, modern slavery, disability, poverty and homelessness I plan to read this one aloud in my lunch bunch next spring and I anticipate kids are going to love it The Bridge Home is an absolute must buy for all elementary and middle school libraries Don t miss it librariansofinstagram librariesofinstagram bookstagram thebridgehome bookquotes bookreview mgbooks mglit flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Lesley rated it it was amazing Before I can write this review, I have to mop up the puddle that is me Not sure I have cried as much in a while as reading Padma Venkatraman s new novel today Yes, today, one day Could not put down.The novel is written as a letter by Viji to her younger sister Viji and Rukku, who has a mental disability, run away from their physically abusive father when their mother forgives him time after time Viji says, Our togetherness was one of the few things I had faith in 2 Homeless, they join Before I can write this review, I have to mop up the puddle that is me Not sure I have cried as much in a while as reading Padma Venkatraman s new novel today Yes, today, one day Could not put down.The novel is written as a letter by Viji to her younger sister Viji and Rukku, who has a mental disability, run away from their physically abusive father when their mother forgives him time after time Viji says, Our togetherness was one of the few things I had faith in 2 Homeless, they join two boys, Muthu and Arul who live on a bridge, and the four of them become a family They live day to day, picking through trash to sell recyclable materials, refusing to become beggars Arul notices that Rukku can do than Viji thinks and gives her small responsibilities, letting her feel valued he d seen something in you that I hadn t bothered to notice 64 In fact, Rukku sells the bead necklaces she has been making for money than they have had so far After they lose their home, they move to a graveyard infested with mosquitoes and Rukku and Muthu become ill Viji decides to trust and seek help from Celina Aunty, a woman who runs a home for working children, but Rukku dies, and Viji blames herself It takes time, but Celina Aunty convinces her that even if she has no faith in religion, she should learn to have faith in the goodness within yourself 161 When Arul tells her, Start giving thanks for what you do have You re here in this home with a chance to do something with your life You have Celina Aunty You have me You have Muthu Most of all, you have yourself 164 Writing to her sister, Viji travels back, but she also can now move forward, imaging herself as the teacher she always wanted to be with new friends and her family, Arul and Muthu flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Alicia rated it liked it Shelves abuse, asian, family, female, historical, middle grade, politics, quick, religion This moved so quickly that I got to the end and wanted just a bit It focuses on two sisters, one with a developmental disability and the other who decides to take charge of their fate with an abusive alcoholic father who routinely beats their mother She takes the sister and they embark on a journey that s a fictionalized companion to Sungju Lee s Every Falling Star set in another country There are a band of others they meet in the same desperate poverty stricken, and caste enforced situa This moved so quickly that I got to the end and wanted just a bit It focuses on two sisters, one with a developmental disability and the other who decides to take charge of their fate with an abusive alcoholic father who routinely beats their mother She takes the sister and they embark on a journey that s a fictionalized companion to Sungju Lee s Every Falling Star set in another country There are a band of others they meet in the same desperate poverty stricken, and caste enforced situation and then there s a dog It s not a super positive story but it does talk about the redemptive power of love even in tragedy and how sticking to your guts will get you farther than caving in Sentimental and lovely albeit short flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Michele Knott rated it it was amazing Shelves middle grade, read in 2018, representation matters All I needed was one solid sitting to devour this book A book where the characters stick with you long after you close the pages, and one that opens your heart to looking and learning flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, 2019 nerdy Amazing book Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.Adding it to my list of awesome 2019 books flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Ms Yingling rated it really liked it E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusWhen Viji s mother does nothing to protect herself from the abusive behavior of Viji s father, the desperate girl decides to take her sister Ruuku and run away to the city Ruuku is developmentally disabled, but Viji feels that anything has to be better than their home situation They make it to the city and are lucky to find some friendly help, including a woman whose husband runs a restaurant who gives them a little work, food, and beads for Ruuku They also mee E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusWhen Viji s mother does nothing to protect herself from the abusive behavior of Viji s father, the desperate girl decides to take her sister Ruuku and run away to the city Ruuku is developmentally disabled, but Viji feels that anything has to be better than their home situation They make it to the city and are lucky to find some friendly help, including a woman whose husband runs a restaurant who gives them a little work, food, and beads for Ruuku They also meet fellow street children, Arul and Muthi, who show them the ropes and make a home with them on a bridge, using tarps and mats The boys show them how to make money by going through the garbage and selling metal and glass, and generally help them survive in their new reality Arul is a Christian, and his entire family was lost in tsunami type accident, and Muthu has his own sad back story that makes him wary of people Even after the rag man destroys their bridge home, they gather their forces and live in a cemetery Eventually, however, the rainy season brings mosquitoes that cause fever in the children, and Viji is forced to accept help from a local children s charity She is reunited with her father, but chooses to stay in the children s home, where she has been able to put together a life that includes education than she would have gotten otherwise.Strengths I am always happy to see books about how children live in other countries, and Venkatraman has based this on her own mother s work with disadvantaged children in India, as well as on many interviews The details of what is needed to survive are tremendously appealing to young readers Think of The Box Car Children or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I read for the details like washing the dishes in the creek with sand or going to the store for just one potato This is a great book to hand to readers who love Cruz s Everlasting Nora or Yang s Front Desk While I loved this author s A Time to Dance and Climbing the Stairs, novels in verse and historical fiction don t do all that well in my library this hits the popular features of problem novels just right and will circulate a lot.Weaknesses I have had a small number of students of Indian descent in my school over the years, and their background is far like Varadarajan s Ravi in Save Me a Seat I d like to see books set in India about children who go to school and have a slightly secure home life What I really think Can t wait to hand this to students Enjoyed it very much myself flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Michelle Leonard rated it it was amazing Eleven year old Viji and her younger sister Rukku quickly discover how vulnerable they are when they run away from their abusive father and try to make a home for themselves in the streets of Chennai, India The sisters find friendship in two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, and share an abandon bridge with them for shelter Viji is a great storyteller, and though they must spend their days scavenging through discards for food and trash to turn into recycling treasure, they imagine themselves a ve Eleven year old Viji and her younger sister Rukku quickly discover how vulnerable they are when they run away from their abusive father and try to make a home for themselves in the streets of Chennai, India The sisters find friendship in two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, and share an abandon bridge with them for shelter Viji is a great storyteller, and though they must spend their days scavenging through discards for food and trash to turn into recycling treasure, they imagine themselves a very good life indeed, especially since they no longer have to rely on untrustworthy adults But then illness strikes, and Rukku and Muthi are both dangerously sick Viji must decide if she is willing to risk sacrificing their hard fought independence by seeking help from adultsE BRIDGE HOME was like a magnet in my hand I couldn t put it down I read with urgency, caring for the children and delighting in the fullness of their lives and their friendship Though they were living in the most extreme of poverty, the richness of their close, deeply loving companionship and ability to confront difficulties shone brilliantly through the story It s nothing short of a miracle that the author described the caste system, child labor, and homelessness, yet reading the story seems luminous and extravagant The writing is beautiful, the storytelling is masterful, rich with characters that became friends, a vivid and sensory filled setting, and a deeply satisfying plot that became an unforgettable experience This story devoured my heart wholeE BRIDGE HOME is Padma Venkatraman s MG debut, and I hope she has many stories like this to share with young readers The story makes for an excellent classroom read for those 10 For sensitive readers, THE BRIDGE HOME would make a good read together book so that the tough problems that are so stirring to the heart can be discussed with a sympathetic ear Thank you to KidlitExchange and Penguin Kids for providing me with a review copy All opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Emily emilykatereads rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2019, owned, middle grade, arc Our togetherness was one of the few things I had faith in This book will break your heart It s a story about sisters, family, and being a homeless child on the streets of India The story is written as a letter from Viji to Rukku, and tells of their experience running away from their abusive father at home to surviving on the streets Viji takes on the responsibility of caring for Rukku as well, as she has a disability, while also befriending two other homeless boys The story is told in a Our togetherness was one of the few things I had faith in This book will break your heart It s a story about sisters, family, and being a homeless child on the streets of India The story is written as a letter from Viji to Rukku, and tells of their experience running away from their abusive father at home to surviving on the streets Viji takes on the responsibility of caring for Rukku as well, as she has a disability, while also befriending two other homeless boys The story is told in a straight forward way, and it doesn t sugarcoat anything I applaud Venkatraman for the harsh realities shown in this middle grade novel She also does a wonderful job at introducing reader s to a new culture The book starts off with a glossary to help readers unfamiliar with them The characters are well developed and you feel for them in their situations Each character has their own personal struggle brought to the table You really feel for the characters, which makes the story and depressing elements of this book so much impactful This has become one of my favourite middle grade books now The writing style is beautiful and clear for young readers, but it carries so much weight in such a short book And despite how harsh and depressing most of this book it The story is, ultimately, a story of hope arc provided by the publisher for an honest review Review can also be found on my blog flag Like see review Aug 22, 2018 Lisa rated it it was amazing Long after you finish The Bridge Home, the story of Viji and Ruku and the two boys they meet, Muthi and Arul, will stay in your heart.Viji and her disabled sister, Ruku, run away from home to escape the abuse of their father They find an abandoned bridge for shelter and there they make friends with two homeless boys Together the four face the dangers and struggles of being on the streets in India To make money, they scavenge through garbage dumps and sell bead necklaces that Ruku makes They Long after you finish The Bridge Home, the story of Viji and Ruku and the two boys they meet, Muthi and Arul, will stay in your heart.Viji and her disabled sister, Ruku, run away from home to escape the abuse of their father They find an abandoned bridge for shelter and there they make friends with two homeless boys Together the four face the dangers and struggles of being on the streets in India To make money, they scavenge through garbage dumps and sell bead necklaces that Ruku makes They are able to survive on their own, but when two of the children get ill they have to make decisions about who they can trust to help them.This is a story that highlights the determination and resiliency of four children trying to survive in a world that has proven to be unfair and cruel The bond between the sisters and the two boys is touching as they grow from strangers into a family The book also explores loss and grief and conveys hope for moving on when sadness and despair threaten to overcome one s emotions.The children in this story face a struggle that for many middle grade readers will be unimaginable For this reason, this is a powerful book to share with them It will provide insight into the diverse experiences of children throughout our world A heart tugger of a book, the courage and strength of the children in this book is an inspiration flag Like see review Aug 16, 2018 Katie Reilley rated it it was amazing I was given an advanced copy of this book to read through my bookexpedition group The Bridge Home tells the story of four homeless children living in the streets of Chennai, India Viji and her sister Rukku have run away from an abusive home to the harsh city streets, looking for ways to make money to earn food and shelter The girls find help through friendship with two boys named Muthi and Arul, and together they make a small living scavenging the city s garbage heaps Though their lives are I was given an advanced copy of this book to read through my bookexpedition group The Bridge Home tells the story of four homeless children living in the streets of Chennai, India Viji and her sister Rukku have run away from an abusive home to the harsh city streets, looking for ways to make money to earn food and shelter The girls find help through friendship with two boys named Muthi and Arul, and together they make a small living scavenging the city s garbage heaps Though their lives are extremely difficult, dealing with constant hunger and untrustworthy adults, this group of four bands together and forms a family of their own When rainy season mosquitos descend on their makeshift shelter, illness quickly falls upon two of the children The remaining two must decide if seeking help is worth their hard fought freedom from the horrible adults they ve encountered in the past Additional material includes a glossary in the front of the novel and author s note following the story Coming in February of 2019, this will be a pre order addition to my middle grade classroom library flag Like see review Nov 11, 2018 Mandy Stallard rated it it was amazing Shelves bookposse The cover of this book is stunning, but the words inside will captivate your heart I m struggling to find the best words to describe this book Each time I type a few lines, I realize they don t do the story justice, so I just delete them Instead of trying to summarize the story, let me just say why I love it I love books that show the world as it truly is, even when the truth is ugly and hard to swallow I want my own children and the students I teach to appreciate every gift they are given The cover of this book is stunning, but the words inside will captivate your heart I m struggling to find the best words to describe this book Each time I type a few lines, I realize they don t do the story justice, so I just delete them Instead of trying to summarize the story, let me just say why I love it I love books that show the world as it truly is, even when the truth is ugly and hard to swallow I want my own children and the students I teach to appreciate every gift they are given sometimes those gifts are as simple as being born in the United States The only way to appreciate the things we often take for granted is to see into the lives of others Children who are suffering in abusive homes or living in poverty will read this book and realize they aren t alone They may even feel like they are doing well compared to the suffering the four homeless children in the book endure My hope is that students will read this book and feel hopeful for their future Despite all that Viji loses, she still finds a way to hope that she can create a better life for herself flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Darla rated it really liked it review of another edition This story will both break your heart and fill you with hope Viji our narrator and her mentally challenged sister Ruku are in an abusive home When their appa turns on them, Viji packs up for both of them and they take a bus to the city Throughout the book, Viji is writing recounting their story for Ruku They are fortunate to befriend two homeless boys about their age and find temporary shelter and find ways to make money for food They manage on their own until Ruku gets to sick for them t This story will both break your heart and fill you with hope Viji our narrator and her mentally challenged sister Ruku are in an abusive home When their appa turns on them, Viji packs up for both of them and they take a bus to the city Throughout the book, Viji is writing recounting their story for Ruku They are fortunate to befriend two homeless boys about their age and find temporary shelter and find ways to make money for food They manage on their own until Ruku gets to sick for them to help her on their own A faith in God is shown as a lifeline by many characters in this book although Viji finds herself unable to trust in a Heavenly Father when her earthly father was such a disappointment Overall an uplifting and enlightening story which will remind many of the blessings they have in their lives.A big thank you to Nancy Paulsen Books and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Whats a Kid to Read rated it it was amazing Shelves middle grade reads Two young kids, little girls who should be playing and laughing and happy, have to run away from home for their safety I don t know what s worse, the fact that they have to do that or the fact that other adults who find them only want to hurt them On their journey through the city, homeless without money or food, they happen on two other kids Two young boys how have been navigating homeless life in Chennai, India agree apprehensively to allow the two of them to set up home with them Two young kids, little girls who should be playing and laughing and happy, have to run away from home for their safety I don t know what s worse, the fact that they have to do that or the fact that other adults who find them only want to hurt them On their journey through the city, homeless without money or food, they happen on two other kids Two young boys how have been navigating homeless life in Chennai, India agree apprehensively to allow the two of them to set up home with them They show them how to dig through mounds of trash to make money from terrible men, and help them find a way to smile and laugh Padma Venkatraman tells of their journey such a powerful and evocative way you will be rooting for these kids and the family bond they ve created each step of the way I loved this book It is hard to read emotionally, but so real, raw, and heart wrenching I am so, so glad I did flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Sandy OBrien rated it it was amazing I saw people that day than I d seen our whole lives But nobody noticed us.We were in plain sight.But we were invisible Viji takes her sister and runs away from home to save them from the abuse of their father.While this may seem like a good idea, they are faced with the struggle of having to live in the streets.Digging through trash piles to find recyclables to sell for food.Sleeping under a bridge with a tarp as their shelter.Running from the danger of ruthless men who have ill intenti I saw people that day than I d seen our whole lives But nobody noticed us.We were in plain sight.But we were invisible Viji takes her sister and runs away from home to save them from the abuse of their father.While this may seem like a good idea, they are faced with the struggle of having to live in the streets.Digging through trash piles to find recyclables to sell for food.Sleeping under a bridge with a tarp as their shelter.Running from the danger of ruthless men who have ill intentions towards them.Dealing with sickness that could be life threatening Their journey is full of struggles, hope, and life changing moments that are based on first hand accounts from children who have gone through this trauma You will be rooting for Viji to become everything she wants and deserves Out February 5th flag Like see review Oct 01, 2018 Jennybeast rated it it was amazing Shelves kids This is a strong piece of work about homeless children, specifically in India I don t know if my ARC was missing some chapters at the beginning I have an older kindle, so this is possible or if that part of the book is still in development What I read was moving, heart rending, well paced The bonds between the street kids and the sisters were both very powerfully represented The indifference and cruelty of many of the adults was striking I hope this book will become an advocate piece that This is a strong piece of work about homeless children, specifically in India I don t know if my ARC was missing some chapters at the beginning I have an older kindle, so this is possible or if that part of the book is still in development What I read was moving, heart rending, well paced The bonds between the street kids and the sisters were both very powerfully represented The indifference and cruelty of many of the adults was striking I hope this book will become an advocate piece that changes the world for the better This an author to watch Book based on true accounts Advanced Reader s Copy provided by Edelweiss flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Michelle Simpson rated it it was amazing Shelves be brave, cultural, death, family, friendship, realistic fiction, middle grades I hardly put this one down from the moment I started reading, finishing it in one afternoon It is the story of a young girl in India who sneaks away with her younger sister from her home to escape the abuse of her father They travel to a city with no idea how or where they will live They face so many challenges but are thankful to befriend two boys who become like brothers The four work together to survive until frightening circumstances lead them to seek help from others The book confronts I hardly put this one down from the moment I started reading, finishing it in one afternoon It is the story of a young girl in India who sneaks away with her younger sister from her home to escape the abuse of her father They travel to a city with no idea how or where they will live They face so many challenges but are thankful to befriend two boys who become like brothers The four work together to survive until frightening circumstances lead them to seek help from others The book confronts issues including child labor, disabilities, religion, and trust.Early digital copy received from Edelweiss flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Karen Reed rated it it was amazing Touching children s literature about homeless children in India Padma isa natural storyteller She keeps the story simple for children but still interesting and fast paced enough for this adult reader I imagine that children ages 10 up will be captivated with Viji s narration and her strong voice All four characters are very likeable and you will root for them There is heartbreak however so some sensitive children may be distraught so parents would be wise to take that into cons Touching children s literature about homeless children in India Padma isa natural storyteller She keeps the story simple for children but still interesting and fast paced enough for this adult reader I imagine that children ages 10 up will be captivated with Viji s narration and her strong voice All four characters are very likeable and you will root for them There is heartbreak however so some sensitive children may be distraught so parents would be wise to take that into consideration However, I have to say our children are also stronger and aware of the world than we may realize flag Like see review Nov 17, 2018 Kristin Crouch rated it it was amazing Viji and Rukku flee an abusive father into the streets of Indian slums A dangerous enough endeavor, compounded by Rukku s innocence and disability In their travels, they meet Arul and Mathu, and these four create their own beautiful family, complete with a stray dog they all cherish While living on the streets they are free to roam, work, explore, and strive for a better position in life Beautifully written, this book filled me with despair and hope, heartbreak and healing, love and sadnes Viji and Rukku flee an abusive father into the streets of Indian slums A dangerous enough endeavor, compounded by Rukku s innocence and disability In their travels, they meet Arul and Mathu, and these four create their own beautiful family, complete with a stray dog they all cherish While living on the streets they are free to roam, work, explore, and strive for a better position in life Beautifully written, this book filled me with despair and hope, heartbreak and healing, love and sadness.The Bridge Home is a book to be appreciated for every emotion it elicits Highly recommended for grades 5 and up flag Like see review Nov 14, 2018 Bailey Frederking rated it it was amazing Shelves books for my classroom I am so excited for this book to be on bookshelves in February and even so, for it to be a part of my classroom bookshelf This is a middle grades book that will break your heart through the ways in which it is a window to the reality of homelessness and domestic violence Venkatraman beautifully tackles writing a book that s content is heavy and intense yet, accessible and appropriate for middle grades students A little warning though, tears may be a part of the journey of reading this st I am so excited for this book to be on bookshelves in February and even so, for it to be a part of my classroom bookshelf This is a middle grades book that will break your heart through the ways in which it is a window to the reality of homelessness and domestic violence Venkatraman beautifully tackles writing a book that s content is heavy and intense yet, accessible and appropriate for middle grades students A little warning though, tears may be a part of the journey of reading this story flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Kathy Iwanicki rated it it was amazing Shelves middle grade books This book was amazing The main characters are runaways in India This story follows their trials and tribulations as they attempt to survive in a harsh world I love book that get kids thinking about problems that exist in the world This one definitely will The author s note at the end educated me This is a book that will not leave my brain quickly I will be pondering this for a while flag Like see review Aug 13, 2018 Rebecca rated it it was amazing Five stars is just not enough for this one Two girls, two boyshomeless on the streets in India They must all decide who can they trust because their lives truly depend upon it What must teens do to stay alive on the streets when they only have each other Can family mean than just your blood relatives How far would you go to help save your sister Viji and Riki will stay with me for some time to come An amazing story of resiliency and grift from four very determined children flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Alison rated it it was amazing This book covers so many areas so eloquently from caste system of India to an agnostic girl finding her way to believe God her friend and caretaker or in Hinduism her mom when so many bad things happen to disabled children being treated unfairly I loved this book and want to share it with all flag Like see review Sep 03, 2018 Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves realistic fiction, bookexcursion This book touches on so many important issues in the world today It is a great story and will appeal to middle school students while also giving them a window to a part of the world that they may be completely unaware of flag Like see review Sep 14, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing E ARC from Edelweiss PlusOh my goodness, preorder this now I cannot get Viji s story out of my head What a moving story that will defintely provide a window term from Dr Sims Bishop giving a much needed view of the reality that is daily life for many children Outstanding flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        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 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 padmasbooks and padmavenkatraman


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    1. Thank you kidlitexchange penguinkids and venkatramandma 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 k [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. Based on true experiences a bleak look at the plight of lower caste street children in India A message of hope overall, but wrapped in so much depression that it s hard to really enjoy Much better written than the book I d think to compare it to Amal Unbound.



    4. Interest Level 5 8If you were in a home with an abusive father, what lengths would you go to to protect yourself and your little sister This is the situation that Viji and her younger sister, Rukku, are facing Viji makes a decision one night to gather some of their things and run away to the city to escape the abuse Viji doesn t know what to expect living on their own but it is far worse than she ever imagined Another issue facing them is that Rukku has a developmental disability which make Inte [...]


    5. 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 mother is not going to do anything to get away from her abusive father, even after he starts hurting Viji and her learning disabled sister Ruku, Viji decides they would be better off running away and living off the streets in the city She leaves with few possessions and very little money not aware of the dangers and struggles that face them The girls find two I w [...]


    6. We were in plain sight But we were invisible 5 for THE BRIDGE HOME by padmavenkatraman, which I received in exchange for an honest review and to share with kidlitexchange I m so grateful to get my hands on this book early because I ve been hearing such amazing things about thebridgehome, which is ultimately about the vulnerability, but also the resilience of children In addition to being beautifully written and about an important subject matter that will offer a window into the We were in plain [...]


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