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Contributor(s): Venkatraman, Padma (Author)

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ISBN: 1524738115     ISBN-13: 9781524738112
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2019
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - Asia
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Runaways
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2018035686
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 680(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1" H x 5.7" W x 8.3" (0.70 lbs) 208 pages
- Cultural Region - Asian
- Ethnic Orientation - Asian
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Review Citations: School Library Journal 02/01/2019 pg. 62
Publishers Weekly 12/17/2018
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2018 pg. 156
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2019 pg. 106
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2019
Booklist 02/01/2019 pg. 73
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 501239
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning the final page.--Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestselling Amal Unbound

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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