The Bridge Home

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 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 When Viji and her sister, Rukku, whose developmental disability makes her overly trusting and vulnerable to the perils of...

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Title:The Bridge Home
Author:Padma Venkatraman
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1524738115
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Bridge Home Reviews

  • Becky
    Jun 28, 2019
    Premise/plot: The Bridge Home is a coming of age children's novel set in India. Viji, our heroine, is writing to her sister, Rukku, recounting the past few months. It's written in second person past tense. (That's a bit unusual, but oddly enough it works for the most part.) Their adven...
  • Abby Johnson
    Feb 24, 2019
    Fleeing an abusive home situation, sisters Viji and Rukku find themselves living on the streets of Chennai after teaming up with two boys who have been living on the streets awhile. They can eke out a living by combing through the trash dumps for materials they can sell, but Viji never...
  • Destinee Sutton
    Apr 25, 2019
    This book reminded me strongly of Boys Without Names which is also extremely sad. It also brought to mind Bridge to Terabithia (again, extremely sad, obviously). I read somewhere someone comparing it to the Boxcar Children, which made me think there is sort of a genre of stories about ...
  • Laura Gardner
    Jan 04, 2019
    ?We were in plain sight. But we were invisible." . ? ? ?????/5 for THE BRIDGE HOME by #padmavenkatraman, which I received in exchange for an honest review and to share with #kidlitexchange. I'm so grateful to get my hands on this book early because I've been ...
  • Mary Lee
    Feb 20, 2019
    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 who become like brothers. In spite of the ...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 04, 2019
    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 thei...
  • DaNae
    Mar 17, 2019
    A grimmer more high-stakes Boxcar Children. ...
  • Laurie
    Nov 08, 2018
    Interest Level: 5-8 If you were in a home with an abusive father, what lengths would you go to to protect yourself and your little sister? This is the situation that Viji and her younger sister, Rukku, are facing. Viji makes a decision one night to gather some of their things and ru...
  • Elly Swartz
    Feb 20, 2019
    The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is a tug-at-your-heart story of friendship, resilience, and survival. It highlights the unbearable choices we sometimes must make to protect those we care about the most. And weaves the realities of homelessness, fear, and despair, with the love tha...
  • Richie Partington
    Mar 28, 2019
    Richie?s Picks: THE BRIDGE HOME by Padma Venkatraman, Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen, February 2019, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-3811-2 ?I can open your eyes Take you wonder by wonder Over sideways and under A magic carpet ride? -- Tim Rice & Alan Menken, ?A Whole Ne...
  • Susan
    Jan 03, 2019
    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 sys...
  • Laura Harrison
    May 05, 2019
    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. O...
  • Brandy Painter
    May 19, 2019
    I really don't know what to rate this. This is well-written and for such a short, easy read packs quite the emotional wallop. This is a contemporary story of two sisters in India who run away from their abusive father and have to survive on the streets of a big city. They are homeless ...
  • Czechgirl
    Feb 16, 2019
    This was so good! Padma Venkatraman wrote this so beautifully. I love the way the author perfectly writes the way you feel and think. This is a good read for anyone, but a perfect read who has lost anyone they have ever loved. ...
  • Kirsten
    Jun 14, 2019
    Oh my heart! What a simple and sweetly devastating book. ...
  • Pam  Page
    Dec 14, 2018
    Wow, this book will make quite an impact with children but also adults! I hope to see more from Padma Venkatraman! ...
  • Colby Sharp
    Jan 30, 2019
    Amazing book. Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Adding it to my list of awesome 2019 books. https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2019/ ...
  • Sandy
    Apr 08, 2019
    Definitely read the author?s notes in this novel as I felt that they added a great deal to this story. In her notes, Padma discusses some of the many reasons why children become homeless and their status once they?re out on the street. The freedom that these children search for is ...
  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    Feb 01, 2019
    Erm. I have mixed feelings about this one right now, so no rating, but I know that Rukku's story line and function in the story does not sit well with me. Viji narrates the story in first person, addressing Rukku (her sister). It's unclear whether Rukku has a disability or is neurodive...
  • Melody
    Apr 17, 2019
    Wow! What a great book! I listened to the audio version, read by the author. I was so touched. Thank you for bringing the plight of homeless children in India to light. ...
  • Reading is my Escape
    May 28, 2019
    The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman   Audience: Middle Grade Format: e-Book/Library copy     Talking to you was always easy, Rukku. But writing's hard. - opening sentences   This book is written in the form of a letter from Viji to her sister Rukku. In the first couple...
  • Neelam Babul
    Feb 17, 2019
    A touching and emotional story of sisterhood and family. 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 without them. She ne...
  • Tory
    Oct 07, 2018
    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." ...
  • Theresa Grissom
    Apr 24, 2019
    This was a fantastic, beautiful, gripping story of the life of 4 children living in India and the struggles they must face. My heart breaks for these characters and it just makes me want to find a way to help others like them. I am very excited to share this one with students at school...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    Feb 05, 2019
    MY RATING: 5/5 STARS I 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...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Aug 10, 2018
    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 more. A favorite of 2018 AND 2019. Definitely one that I will recommend fo...
  • Lesley
    Dec 14, 2018
    Before I can write this review, I have to mop up the puddle that is me. Not sure I have cried as much in a while as reading Padma Venkatraman?s new novel today. Yes, today, one day. Could not put down. The novel is written as a letter by Viji to her younger sister. Viji and Rukku,...
  • Georgia
    Mar 07, 2019
    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 more emotion than I did. Still, I read this in a day and really enjoyed it. ...
  • Tammy
    Mar 18, 2019
    This book gives readers in grades 5-8 a window into domestic abuse and homelessness - two tough topics that the characters in this book face. Through all of the hardships, students see these characters' determination, and love for each other. Through all of the hardship, this story bec...
  • Bethany F
    May 09, 2019
    Set in Chennai, India, this story highlights the powerful and emotional bond between sisters as they endure escaping from their abusive father and take to the streets. Vigi and Rukku runaway from their childhood home as a result of the physical and emotional abuse by the hands of thei...