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Homeless Bird

Whelan, Gloria (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Whelan, Gloria
Title: Homeless bird
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 216 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gloria Whelan
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780060284541
0060284544
0060284528
0006028454
Branch Call Number: y WHELAN
Subject Headings: Courage Juvenile fiction India Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Courage
LCCN: 99033241
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Koly is getting married, not uncommon for 13-year-old girls in India. Unfortunately, her husband is younger than promised, and sickly and soon she is a homeless widow. How will she survive?

Koly is getting married, not uncommon for 13-year-old girls in India. Unfortunately, her husband is younger than promised, and sickly and soon she is a homeless widow. How will she survive?


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I had to read this book for school. It was from my culture so I was excited about reading it. I felt sad when Koly had a hard time and I felt happy when there was something good going on. I would recomend this book to all ages that can read chapter books. It is a pretty easy read. I recomended it to my mom and she read it in an hour.

Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hopeful ending.

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I began reading this book for school, and usually, I really dislike realistic or non fiction novels. But this story is really good, I surprised myself by liking it!

I started reading homeless bird because man y people have suggested this book. I kept reading it because it was so sad what happened to Koly and I needed to know if she had a happy ending or not. This character most likely the good mannered person in the world. This is about after husband dies, mother-in-law abandons Koly. This book reminds me of Keeping Corner because they are both about two young widows struggling in India.

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Jun 27, 2013
  • indigo_bird_105 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Arranged marriage in India brings grief and a succession of changes to a young girl's life. Vivid descriptions.

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