Padma Venkatraman

  • Chaque jour est un combat dans les rues bondées de Chennai, en Inde. Et lorsque Viji et sa soeur, Rukku, fuguent pour ne plus subir la violence de leur père, la situation semble sans espoir. Dans un monde impitoyable et dangereux, où nul n'accorde un regard aux parias, elles sont des plus vulnérables. Mais leur rencontre avec deux jeunes sans-abri, sur un pont en ruine, va peut-être tout changer.

  • @00000327@@00000327@"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 @00000133@@00000327@@00000373@New York Times@00000155@@00000133@@00000327@ Bestselling @00000133@@00000327@@00000373@Amal Unbound@00000155@@00000133@@00000133@@00000341@@00000341@Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut.@00000341@@00000341@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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    B>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./b>br>br>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 world that cares little for homeless, low caste children. This is not the world Kabir dreamed of--but he''s discovered he''s not the type to give up. Kabir is ready to show the world that he--and his mother--deserve a place in it.

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