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The Bridge Home
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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Oliver Twist meets Slumdog Millionaire in this tale of homeless children trying to make a life for themselves in Chennai, India. 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 more 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.
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quietjenn
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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Finishing up this week's work book on break today. Happy Friday, friends!

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erinjohns
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
Mehso-so

I wanted to fall in love with this book...for me it was a bit slow-moving and some of the characters were underdeveloped. The story however is very real around the world. I have hope that children/lives like these can be found and provided forever homes.

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JulietBoydAuthor
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Audio version, read by the author. Two young girls run away from an abusive family situation for a life on the streets, where they meet up with two boys and form a new family. Realistic and, at times, sad.

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GirlNamedJesse
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Mehso-so

Definitely eye opening to a horrifying situation, but I spent the entire book nauseous and was not relieved of that feeling at the end. Not at all the direction I expected, and I feel betrayed. This was a bad time to read this one. 😭😭😭

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GirlNamedJesse
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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Trying to get a head start on reading for my committee before I go on maternity leave. I‘m only a few pages in and my stomach‘s already in knots! #glgb

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Eggs
Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 5mo
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Eggs
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

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💛 rest and knock off a few things on the to-do list
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gradcat Deedle is very cute. 😻 7mo
Eggs Awww thanks @gradcat 7mo
gradcat You‘re so very welcome. 🙏 ♥️ 7mo
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Eggs
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This amazing book is written to heighten awareness of homeless children around the world. Viji and her mentally challenged sister Rukku run away from the beatings at home-there‘s no one to protect them. They meet 2 boys in sim situation and become a family of sorts 😓 So good

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Eggs
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I love Padma Venkatraman ❤️❤️❤️

#India #letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Butterfinger Beautiful cover. 7mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome cover! 7mo
SarahBradley This book made me 😰 7mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Padma Venkatraman's The Bridge Home, the middle school book for this year's Global Read Aloud, is a stunning examination of the plight of two sisters who run away from their home because of abuse. Viji and Rukku, who end up in Channai, India, struggle to find food, shelter, and work in the city until they meet two boys, Muthi and Arul, who mentor them and help them care for the dog, Kutti, that they adopt. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The children work as rag pickers, braving the trash heaps to find valuable material they can sell. Venkatraman provides a vivid account of their lives that would be relatable for middle-grade readers. The author's portrayal of Rukku, who is developmentally disabled, is particularly empathetic as we see Rukku serve as a pillar of strength for her sister. ⬇️ 8mo
UnabridgedPod Throughout the novel, the importance of stories, of imagination, and of hope serves as a thread uniting the sections of their lives. Can't wait to discuss this one in season 3 of the podcast! 8mo
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sblbooks
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If you like Amal Unbound, you will love this book. It's the story of Two Sisters who run away from their abusive home. On the streets of India they find two homeless boys and a stray dog. Together they try to make a home under a bridge. They make money by going through the trash searching for things to sell and making jewelry; but when the rainy season comes and things get complicated...
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

SaturnDoo I did like Amal Unbound so I added this to my TBR and I will look for it on my next library trip 😊Thanks for the recommendation!!! 9mo
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Missusb
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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#currentlyreading #preview #mayrso2019 is it for middle or primary (what we here in 🇦🇺 call elementary I believe). Expecting it to be gritty yet hopeful. Gah. Hate these difficult books that expose the underbelly of the world and its impact on children.

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Lindy
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To escape their abusive father, a girl & her sister—who has some kind of cognitive disability like Down Syndrome—flee to a city, where they team up with a pair of homeless boys. They find work such as garbage-picking & they look out for each other. A few passages are rather preachy, but overall this is a moving tale of children being resourceful. A middle grade #audiobook set in southern India and read by the author. #diversevoices

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Lindy
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Amma trusted that if she put up with things, she‘d be rewarded with another—better—life, after she died. It made no sense to me why any god who made us suffer in this life would start caring for us in the next.

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Tanzy13
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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.

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Schlinkles
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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What a sweet and powerful story! This one moved me to tears multiple times.

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Schlinkles
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I‘ve taken over the buying of books for the children‘s section at work which means I‘ll be reading a lot more kids books. That‘s ok since I‘m essentially a foul-mouthed 10 year old at heart. Excited to start this middle-grade debut.

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