Homeless Bird by Gloria WhelanHomeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Homeless Bird

byGloria Whelan

Paperback | August 21, 2001

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The National Book Award-winning novel about one remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate, perfect for readers who enjoyed A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park or Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.

Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled—her life has been sold for a dowry. Can she forge her own future, even in the face of time-worn tradition? 

Perfect for schools and classrooms, this universally acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning novel by master of historical fiction Gloria Whelan is a gripping tale of hope that will transport readers of all ages.

Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award, The Locked Garden, Parade of Shadows, and Listening for Lions. She lives in Michigan near Lake St. Clair.
Title:Homeless BirdFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.38 inPublished:August 21, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064408191

ISBN - 13:9780064408196

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Homeless Bird A story of an arranged marriage that doesn't go as planned and leaves a child to fend for herself. Koly's story is full of ups and downs as she tries to help her family by getting married. In her new home she unexpectedly finds friends but soon finds herself alone again. A good read.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really nice quick read This is a wonderful quick read that is great for children and adults. I've read it as a child and once more as an adult, and it was even better the second time around. It is a remarkable story of bravery and courage; and exposes the reader to the unfortunate sad reality some arranged marriages have on people, especially children who are victims.
Date published: 2017-12-30

Editorial Reviews

“An insightful, beautifully written, culturally illuminating tale of universal feelings.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))