The Bridge Home

ISBN-10: 1524738131
ISBN-13: 9781524738136
Author: Venkatraman, Padma
Interest Level: 5-10
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: April 2020

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 208


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Interest Level

Grades 5-10

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 680L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.4
Accelerated Reader Points: 5.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Runaways

Description
Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut. Life is harsh in Chennai's teeming streets, 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. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city's trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and 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.
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