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

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Maria Caplin
    Mar 03, 2019
    I?m thankful I could read this in one day. The story of four children forming a family and living in conditions I can?t imagine yet I saw every twist and turn in my mind. The treasure of friendship and willingness to love unconditionally is a gift. ...
  • 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...
  • Jessica
    Apr 06, 2019
    This book was amazing, but I don't think most kids of today will really know how poverty means in India. This could be the beginning of some eyes being opened. Two sisters run away from home because of abuse to all by the father. They would feel safer on the streets than being at ho...
  • 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...
  • Alicia
    Oct 21, 2018
    This moved so quickly that I got to the end and wanted just a bit more. It focuses on two sisters, one with a developmental disability and the other who decides to take charge of their fate with an abusive/alcoholic father who routinely beats their mother. She takes the sister and they...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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! ...
  • Davina
    Apr 09, 2019
    Even though this is a pretty slight book, I was so instantly invested in these characters that I could hardly bare to turn the page sometimes, worried about what could be around the corner for these kids. Beyond being such a well-told story, I think it is especially important for other...
  • 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 ...
  • Lynn Plourde
    Feb 17, 2019
    POWERFUL . . . that's the word for "The Bridge Home" by Padma Venkatraman. I've heard about children in India who live outside on their own and survive by picking the trash heaps and selling bottles, metal, anything of value to the trash bosses. But understanding that this is REAL in m...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Becky
    Mar 10, 2019
    I just finished The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. It?s a moving story that will stay in my heart for awhile. India is the backdrop where 2 sisters, Viji and Rokku run away from home to escape their abusive father. They find shelter at an abandoned bridge and friendship with 2 ...
  • 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." ...
  • 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
    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, V...
  • Mary Thomas
    Mar 02, 2019
    Oh my gosh, this is my favorite book of 2019 so far. ? So incredibly well written. I anticipate THE BRIDGE HOME being a book that I?ll be sharing with students and adults for years to come. Viji and Rukku are sisters who live with their mother and abusive father. After one part...
  • 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,...
  • ☯keerthi☯
    Mar 31, 2019
    Rukku and Viji are abused by their father and decide to run away to the amusing city of Chennai, India. There. they meet two boys who are like family to them, and they share a home on a part of a bridge with a loyal dog named Kutti, which means small in Tamil. This book really open...
  • 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...
  • Melanie
    Mar 24, 2019
    Love this book, and it introduced me to the amazing author; Padma Venkatraman. ...