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Homeless Bird (Paperback) (Gloria Whelan)

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Gloria Whelan's National Book Award–winning novel, chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate.

Like many girls her age in India, thirteen–year–old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time–worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future.Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen–year–old widows in India today, this universally acclaimed best–selling novel, characterized by spare, lyrical language and remarkable detail, transports readers into the heart of a gripping tale of hope.

Ages 10+

When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.
Number of Pages: 186
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Family / Marriage + Divorce
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Gloria Whelan
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2001
TCIN: 11475976
UPC: 9780064408196
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-3661
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The memoir is very well written and is beautiful story. Koly, at such a young age, had to grow up quickly. She is forced by tradition and culture to marry a boy she didn't know and learn to love him. The need to honor her family and her culture controls her journey throughout this memoir. As you rea...see moreof the reviewer's review
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