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The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home

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

Life is harsh on the teeming streets of Chennai, India, so when runaway sisters Viji and... read more

ISBN 10: 1524738131

Author Venkatraman
Book Type
2: chapter book
Category Description juvenile fiction / family / siblings
Cover Type Paperback
Dimensions 7.7 in h | 5 in w | 0.5 in t | 0.4 lb wt
Genre Fiction
ISBN-10 1524738131
Sub Genre Realistic Fiction
Description Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut.

Life is harsh on the teeming streets of Chennai, India, 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 that's also the hideout of Muthi and Arul, two homeless boys, and the four of them soon form a family of sorts. And while making their living scavenging the city's trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to 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.