The Bridge Home

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5 + 3 = 8 Stars for The Bridge Home

“A blisteringly beautiful book” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“exquisitely narrated” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“an absorbing novelof love, loss, and resilience – Booklist, Starred Review

“..stellar…an unforgettable tale” – School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Hopeful yet heartbreaking…Venkatraman weaves a breathtaking story which takes the reader to the streets of India, where millions of homeless children fight to survive each day… Venkatraman does a beautiful job …showing that a “home” and “family” doesn’t always correspond to a house with a white picket fence…a story that must be shared.” – School Library Connection, Starred Review

“moving” – Sound Commentary, Starred Review

“Venkatraman brings love, support and humor to a story undergirded by tough issues” – SLJ audio, Starred Review

 Padma Venkatraman narrates her own work, displaying the depth of feeling and caring between 11-year-old Viji and her 12-year-old intellectually disabled sister, Rukku… In particular, Venkatraman portrays how Viji’s controlling relationship with her sister turns to tenderness and respect … Venkatraman’s Indian accent adds to the tone and setting, but it’s the range and believability of emotions that will draw listeners into Viji’s journey from despair to hope. A great family listen to launch important conversations. – Audiofile Magazine, Starred Review

Honors and Awards to date (a partial list)

* Nerdy Book Award Winner

* Cybil Awards

* Kirkus Best MG Bks 2019

* NYPL Best 2019

* Chicago Public Library Best Bks 2019

* Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Bks 2019

* Washington Post Best Bks 2019

* Mighty Girl Best Bks 2019

* TX Bluebonnet award nominee

* SLJ Top 10 Audio Bks 2019

* Bklist Editor’s Choice Best Audio 2019

* Jr Library Guild audio selection

* CSMCL Best Bks 2019

* GoodReads Best MG Bks 2019

*Audiophile Magazine Earphone Award

* Washington Post KidPost Summer Reading Selection

* Global Read Aloud, 2019

* ProjectLIT, 2019-20

* Ebony Teach Best Books 2019

* Betsy Bird’s 31 MG titles in SLJ

* Mighty Girl pick

* Today Show

* “beautifully rendered” – SF Chronicle

* “gorgeous storytelling” – NYT Book Review

* “will break hearts and inspire activist longings” – BCCB

* “this bittersweet novel is about breaking the cycle of abuse, reaching for your dreams and finding home ” – Horn Book

* “an amazing book” – Newsday

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Padma Venkatraman lived in five countries, explored rainforests and coral reefs, and was chief scientist on oceanographic vessels before becoming a United States citizen. Her novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS received several honors and awards. Together with THE BRIDGE HOME Venkatraman’s novels have earned a total of 17 stars so far.
Meet the author at an event:
Sat 2 Mar 2 p.m. R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT 
Wed 6 Mar 6 p.m. Books of Wonder, Uptown, New York, NY 
Thur 7 Mar 7 p.m. Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
Sun 10 Mar 2 p.m. Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, NC
Sat 16 Mar RosieCon, Indianapolis, IN
Fri 22 Mar KidlitCon, Providence, RI
Sat 30 Mar 10:30 a.m. Writer’s Loft, MA
Sat 30 Mar 2:30 p.m. Aesop’s Fable, Holliston, MA
Sun 31 Mar Massachusetts School Library Conference, Framingham, MA
Thur – Sat 4-6 Apr Whispering Pines Writing Retreat, RI
Sun – Thur 7-11 Apr Highlights Foundation, PA
Sat 13 Apr North Kingstown Free Library, North Kingstown, RI
Sat 27 Apr Keynote Providence Book Festival, RI
Sat 27 Apr 4:30 p.m. An Unlikely Story, Plainsville, MA
Wed 1 May 6:30 p.m. Maury Lootjens Public Library, Narragansett, RI
Thur 2 May 4:00 p.m. Island Books, Middletown, RI
Fri-Sun 3-5 May New England SCBWI conference, MA
Sat 11 May Books A Million, South Portland, ME

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