Whelan, Gloria Homeless Bird

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Homeless Bird

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Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old-Koly is getting married.
Full of hope and courage, she leaves home—forever. But in a grim turn of
events Koly finds herself cast out into a current of cruel tradition. Her
future, it would seem, is lost. Yet this rare young woman, bewildered and
brave, sets out to forge her own exceptional future.

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This novel ran a serious risk of degenerating into didacticism and of patronising the poor of the subcontinent. Whelan avoids these twin traps by writing with genuine compassion and insight and by maintaining with great integrity the unclutteres structure of her narrative. ( Ibby Link )

It is an enchanting story that evokes a strong sense of place in a world so detached from our own. ( INIS )

Not just a straightforward story of a forced marriage. It is a sinister story of deceit, swindling abd abandonment seen through the eyes of Koly. It is not only the storyline that holds the reader's interest. We learn of the rituals of a marriage ceremony, of worship in Hindu temples and of funeral rites. A strong story with appeal to 12-14s interested in Asian culture. ( School Librarian )

Sympathetic but never patronising, Whelan's vibrant telling poignantly evokes India's contrasting beauty and deprivation. Memorable absorbing and deeply affecting, it is a highly recommended read. ( Carousel )

About the Author:

Gloria Whelan is a bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award in the USA. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods of northern Michegan.

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