17 stars so far…

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  • “gorgeous storytelling” – The New York Times Book Review
  • “felt throughout like I never wanted to leave Rukku and Viji’s sides” – Matthew Winner, Today Show
  • “beautifully rendered tale, both harrowing and heartrending” – San Francisco Chronicle
  • Bridges of Understanding – India Currents
  • A Washington Post Summer Book Club Selection!
    • To sign up for the ‘make a difference book club’ this summer (the 1st 500 kids to sign up get a free watch! and there are seven other wonderful books on this list), visit  KidsPost Summer Book Club
  • A Project LIT community selection (#ProjectLIT #JustReadIt)
    • Find out more about Project Lit by visiting amazing teacher Jarred Amato.
  • A Global Read Aloud 2019 selection (#GRA19 #GRABridge)
    • The Bridge Home is the #GlobalReadAloud 2019 MG selection! I look forward to connecting with readers this fall via my blog posts on this website (please follow this blog – button on the left to stay updated) and on twitter (follow me at padmatv). A few resources including a pronunciation guide and a discussion guide are already  posted under Resources (top right menu button, drop down to The Bridge Home #GRABridge tab). I’ll be adding more tools and videos in the summer months. If you’ve developed a teaching resource for The Bridge Home and are willing to share it with the world, please get in touch with me, I’d love to hear about it and add it to my list with a credit to you, of course.  During the #GRA19 weeks, I’ll be posting regularly and answering questions posted as comments here. I will also be offering a few free Skype visits and hope to do some other contests and giveaways. Discover more about rockstar librarian Pernille Ripp, who founded the project a decade ago, sign up on her website or join the fb community. Thanks to everyone who voted!
  • An audiophile magazine earphone winner! I narrated the book, so if you want to listen to me reading it aloud, you can!
  • THANKS to everyone who has supported The Bridge Home. It’s received so many wonderful online reviews and been featured on so many incredible podcasts and videos. At the time of writing, my 4 novels have garnered a total of 17 starred reviews, and I’m thrilled that THE BRIDGE HOME will soon be translated into Vietnamese, Korean and French and that it will be released in India as well. I’m so deeply grateful for all of this, eleven years after I began climbing the stairs as an author.

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The Bridge Home

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5 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

Other praise and honors
* Earphone award winner 
* global read-aloud contender
* “will break hearts and inspired activist longings” – BCCB
* “this bittersweet novel is about breaking the cycle of abuse, reaching for your dreams and finding home in the most unlikely of people and places” – Horn Book
* “love and loss, desperation and dreams collide in this beautifully rendered tale, both harrowing and heartening” – San Francisco Chronicle
Order the Audio (narrated by the author): https://www.booksontape.com/book/551690/the-bridge-home/
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

Pre-order The Bridge Home

Padma Venkatraman’s latest novel, THE BRIDGE HOME, is now available for pre-order. Visit your favorite bookstore, or order online through any distributor, or through the publisher’s page, by clicking here: THE BRIDGE HOME, Penguin Random House.the bridge home - cover

“It’s Oliver Twist meets Slumdog Millionaire in [The Bridge Home] this tale of homeless children trying to make a life for themselves in Chennai, India. With lyrical, beautiful, and page-turning writing, this is an #OwnVoices story that will serve as a window and mirror for young readers.”

Reviews and Honors, including stars so far..

  • a global read aloud contender
  • “a blisteringly beautiful book” – Starred Review, Kirkus
  • “exquisitely narrated” – Starred Review, PW
  • “an absorbing novel of love, loss and resilience” – Starred Review, Booklist
  • “stellar…unforgettable” – Starred Review, SLJ
  • “will break hearts and inspire activist longings” –
  • “bittersweet novel.. about breaking the cycle of abuse, reaching for your dreams & finding home in the most unlikely of people & places” – Horn Book
  • A Global Read Aloud Contender

“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

Padma Venkatraman’s previous novels are A TIME TO DANCE (Starred Reviews in Kirkus, Booklist, VOYA, SLJ and BCCB); ISLAND’S END (Starred Reviews in Kirkus, Booklist, PW and SLJ); and CLIMBING THE STAIRS (Starred Reviews in Booklist, PW, and VOYA).

Praise for A TIME TO DANCE

“Flowing free verse…A beautiful integration of art, religion, compassion and connection.” * Starred Review, Kirkus  

“In Venkatraman’s delectably scented, sensual world, lyrically told through verse and through Veda, life is illuminated as a beautiful celebration of doing what comes naturally, as best as one is able..” * Starred Review, Booklist  

“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. Told in verse, this story is magnificently strong as Veda’s determination dances off the page and into the reader’s heart.” * Starred Review, VOYA

“This exceptional novel… is sure to appeal…”  * Starred Review, SLJ                                         

“Heart- achingly hopeful and beautifully written, this story will remain with readers long after the final line of verse.” * Starred Review, BCCB

“Sure to go on my favorites list… This book will definitely dance its way through your heart as it did mine.” * Denver Post

” a powerful depiction”   * Chicago Tribune  

“…dazzles and delights…beautifully written…” * Providence Journal  

“…loved this book…” * Newsday

“…powerful images and motifs of sound…”   * Horn Book

Praise for CLIMBING THE STAIRS

Venkatraman makes a memorable debut with this lushly evoked novel set in India during World War II…More than a feisty Cinderella story …this novel vivifies a unique era and culture as it movingly expresses how love and hope can blossom even under the most dismal of circumstances…
* Starred review, Publishers Weekly

Venkatraman paints an intricate and convincing backdrop of a conservative Brahmin home in a time of change…
* Starred review, Booklist

“With a delightfully strong female protagonist who struggles between tradition and the values she holds dear, this novel will capture the imaginations of many readers…”
*Starred Review, VOYA

Climbing the Stairs… is a passionate story…In the novel, books serve as a saving grace…The central theme of the novel, violence and nonviolence, will appeal to an international audience…
* India Currents

After reading this fine, often heart-breaking novel, I noticed that it’s for “young adults”. Well, I’m a ‘youngish adult,’ and I loved it.
* The Providence Journal

Praise for ISLAND’S END

“[Venkatraman] … succeeds spectacularly… Uido is a remarkable heroine … as infused with spirituality as this novel is, there is also heart-stopping action … the larger issues of modernity versus tradition offer much to think about… an intricate yet wholly accessible story”
* Starred Review, Booklist
“a lovely novel… offering an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation, Venkatraman movingly expresses a primitive tribe’s connection to nature and their struggle to find safety in the 21st century”
* Starred Review, PW
“Vividly written and expertly paced … a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end”
* Starred Review, SLJ
“consistenly engrosses… refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written”
* Starred Review, Kirkus

Awards and Honors for A TIME TO DANCE
*Starred review, BCCB * Starred Review, Booklist, * Starred Review, Kirkus, * Starred Review, SLJ * Starred Review, VOYA,
*ALA Notable *ALA/YALSA BBYA *Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Books *Booklist Top 10 art bk *CCBC Choices *Crystal Kite Finalist *CSML Best Books *Eliot Rosewater (IN) masterlist *IBBY Outstanding bk ypd *IRA Notable (NBGS) *Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club honor bk *Kirkus Best Books *New York Public Library Top 25 *New York City Reads (#NYC365) *Nutmeg Award (CT) masterlist *Rebecca Caudill (IL) masterlist *Red dot award (Singapore)*Sequoyah (OK) masterlist *Sanoc/SABA finalist

Awards and Honors for CLIMBING THE STAIRS:
Winner, BAC Julia Ward Howe award; Winner, ASTAL RI Book of the Year award; NYPL Best Book; ALA BBYA; ALA/Ameila Bloomer List Selection; Booksense Notable; Booklist Editor’s Choice, BBYA; CCBC Choice; NCSS/CBC Notable; Bank Street College of Education Best Book; Booklinks Best New Book; Pennsylvania School Library Association Top-40; CLN Top 25; Shortlisted for ME, UT, SC and NJ state awards; Shortlisted for Reading Across Rhode Island; Shortlisted for Cybil awards; Capitol Choice; Starred Review, VOYA; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review Publishers Weekly.

Awards and Honors for ISLAND’S END
Winner, SANOC International South Asia Book Award; Winner, Paterson Prize; ALA BBYA; ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Selection; Kirkus Best Book of the year; Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Book for Young Adults; CCBC Best Book; Finalist for the Crystal Kite award and BAC Julia Ward Howe award; Starred Review, Kirkus; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review, School Library Journal; Starred review, Publishers Weekly.