Born Behind Bars

ISBN-10: 0593112490
ISBN-13: 9780593112496
Author: Venkatraman, Padma
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: March 2023

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 288

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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 720L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 5.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

Description
The author of the award-winning The Bridge Home brings readers another gripping novel set in Chennai, India, featuring a boy who's unexpectedly released into the world after spending his whole life in jail with his mom. Kabir has been in jail since the day he was born, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn't commit. He's never met his dad, so the only family he's got are their cellmates, and the only place he feels the least bit free is in the classroom, where his kind teacher regales him with stories of the wonders of the outside world. Then one day a new warden arrives and announces Kabir is too old to stay. He gets handed over to a long-lost "uncle" who unfortunately turns out to be a fraud, and intends to sell Kabir. So Kabir does the only thing he can--run away as fast as his legs will take him. How does a boy with nowhere to go and no connections make his way? Fortunately, he befriends Rani, another street kid, and she takes him under her wing. But plotting their next move is hard--and fraught with danger--in a
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