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Penguin Young Readers Omni Spring 2019

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    9780593109144 9781984813602 9781524738136 Paperback / softback, Digest, , $11.99 CAD 9781984845085 Downloadable audio file 9781524738129 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB
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    Lexile measure: 680L
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Feb 05, 2019 Carton Quantity: 12 $22.99 CAD
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The Bridge Home
By (author): Padma Venkatraman
9781524738112 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings Feb 05, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.56 x 0.72 in 208 pages G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Nancy Paulsen Books
“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.

Story Locale: Chennai, India

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR’S MIDDLE GRADE DEBUT: Padma Venkatraman’s previous three novels have all received numerous awards, honors, and starred reviews. Her middle grade debut is highly anticipated!

EYE-OPENING STORY IN A UNIQUE SETTING: This is a sadly realistic depiction of what life is like for many homeless children in Chennai, a city the author knows well and brings to vivid life.

SENSITIVE PORTRAYAL OF DISABILITY: Although Rukku’s struggles are clear, so are her many strengths—such as her courage, intelligence, loyalty, and loving spirit.

SURVIVAL STORY: Viji—only eleven years old, on her own, and responsible for her sister—must figure out how to get by and whom to trust in an uncaring, dangerous world.

CELEBRATES MORE THAN ONE KIND OF FAMILY: Viji and Rukku’s sisterly bond is unbreakable, and it’s wonderful watching their new friendship with Arul and Muthi bloom and strengthen.

Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary. She is also the author of A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), Island’s End (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice).

Author Residence: Rhode Island

Author Hometown: Chennai, India

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Extensive blogger outreach

Major promotion at national school and library conferences

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PRAISE FOR A TIME TO DANCE (5 starred reviews!)

* “A spiritually uplifting premise…. Deftly shapes readers’ comprehension of physical ability into a new arc of understanding…. Set against a cardamom, melted butter, and semolina sojji-wafted landscape, the novel’s emotional expression and accompanying music impel the reader to share Veda’s belief that ’Shiva dances everywhere. In everyone. In everything.’”—Booklist STAR

* “Weaves together several themes so elegantly that they become one…. Veda’s no disabled saint; awkwardness and jealousy receive spot-on portrayals…. A beautiful integration of art, religion, compassion and connection.”—Kirkus STAR

* “The descriptions of contemporary India are beautiful and Venkatraman weaves images so divine that you can see the statues of Shiva, hear the ankle bells in the bharatanatyam dance, and smell the acrid scent of burnt rubber from the accident…. This story is magnificently strong as Veda’s determination dances off the page and into the reader’s heart.”—VOYA STAR

* “Exceptional…captures beautifully the emotions of a girl forced to deal with a number of challenges and how she overcomes them on her way to becoming a confident young woman. It is sure to appeal to readers who are also trying to find their place in the world.”—SLJ STAR

* “The sensory elements evocatively describe the sights and sounds of Veda’s rich Indian surroundings. Her existential ponderings…are woven seamlessly into the tale, and her moments of jealousy and rage are presented honestly. Heart-achingly hopeful and beautifully written, this story will remain with readers long after the final line of verse.”—BCCB STAR

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