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Homeless Bird
Homeless Bird
Author: Gloria Whelan
In this novel set in contemporary India, 13-year-old Koly takes part in an arranged marriage. However, her new husband is sickly and quickly dies, leaving Koly a widow with no place in society after she is deprived of her inheritance and abandoned by her mother-in-law. Now on her own for the first time in her life, Koly must decide how to proceed.
ISBN-13: 9780439296915
ISBN-10: 0439296919
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 216
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This book is the winner of the National Book Award, but even more important, this book is one that shows the courage and perseverence of a young Indian girl who is married off at a young age to a dying boy whose parents use her dowry money for their son's burial expenses. Young Koly has to find her own way in the world after she is discarded, and her story is inspiring and an insight in the lives of some women in India. Highly recommended!
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Forced to leave her family at thirteen and marry someone she has never met ...

Koly's parents have arranged a marriage for their only daughter and now, like many girls her age in India, she will leave home forever. She yearns to flee, but tradition dictates that it's too late to turn back. On her wedding day, Koly's fate is sealed.

Caught up in a current of tradition that threatens to sweep her toward a terrifying fate, Koly finds herself cast out, lost in a strange and cruel world. But sometimes, courage and hope can be more powerful than tradition, and fate can be taken into one's own hands.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2000 National Book Award Winner