Homeless Bird

Homeless Bird

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Discovering that her arranged husband-to-be is too young and desperately ill, thirteen-year-old Koly knows that her life will never be the same after she is married and so must find a way to make things better for herself despite the difficulties she must endure due to family traditions in her native India. A National Book Award Winner. Reprint.


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.

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTrophy, 2001
Edition: First HarperTrophy edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780064408196
Branch Call Number: J PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 186 pages ; 20 cm


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Feb 22, 2016

I Love This Book It Is About A Girl Named Koly And When She Gets Married She Finds Out The Her Own Husband Is Younger Than Her And That They Only Agreed To Marry Her Because Of The Dowry And After Her Husband Dies Because He Was Sick She Was A Widow Her Sister In Law After That Which Was Her Favorite In The Family The Mother In Law Was Really Mean To Her And The Father In Law Was Really Sad Because Of His Son So She Couldn't Talk To Him Well Her Sister In Law Was Getting Married Well After She Got Married She Went To Live In Her Husband's House Which Made The Father In Law More Sad He Eventually Also Died And It Was Only The Mother In Law And Her After A Few Days They Went On A Train And She Left Koly There By Herself She Lived In A Widow's Place And Eventually She Got Married Again And Leaves That Fairy Tale

lakevilla_IDOL Feb 06, 2013

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

Hopeful ending.

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Jul 11, 2012

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!

Feb 05, 2012

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

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Oct 23, 2012

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


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