The Bridge Home

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Bridge Home
  • Padma Venkatraman
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 9781524738112

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.

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 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...

  2. 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.Vij...

  3. Colby Sharp says:

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

  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 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 but even if it were 600 pages I think many readers would finish it all in one sitting Just to relieve the stress and hope for a satisfying ending Worrying throughout the whole book as to whether the children would be beat, raped, killedwas overw...

  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 w...

  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 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 to physically fight back and financially incapable of walking away from the marriage One night when the fight gets too bad, Viji takes Rukku from her bed and enters the big city to find a new way of living However, when you have no money and no family, you find yourself with very limited options They both meet two other boys, one similar age to Viji, named Arul, and a not that much y...

  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 book A 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 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 to...

  8. Melanie says:

    Love this book, and it introduced me to the amazing author Padma Venkatraman.

  9. Georgia says:

    I learned a lot from this book and I really liked the characters However, there were some parts when I felt like I should feel emotion than I did Still, I read this in a day and really enjoyed it.

  10. Tory says:

    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.