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Pajaro Sin Hogar

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,035 Ratings  ·  1,077 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 149 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Everest Publishing (first published March 1st 2000)
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please don't arrange my marriage.

and if you must, please don't marry me off to some sickly bitchy thing who will soon die and trap me in my inlaws' house where i will be a burden and where they will treat me like a servant but i won't have anywhere else to go until they in turn ditch me in some creepy city where discarded widows try to make a go of it.

just don't do it.
it is the worst.

this book is pretty good, but my warrior-liberated-woman parts gag when confronted with these types of situation
Feb 14, 2016 dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-asia
This YA story of an arranged marriage between a girl (13) and a rickety family that only wants her dowry so they can take the almost dead "groom" to Varanasi to be saved by Mama Ganges. Didn't work and she's stuck in this horrible situation waiting on the evil mother in law hand and foot, without even the thought of consummation to remember - oh, yeah she's 13, that's a blessing. This well written story varies significantly from the usual they married me off to an evil/old/abusive/gay/perverted/ ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Lanier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So there I was in an English Department meeting and Tasche says, "You really should've read this book," since it was on the incoming Freshmen's Summer Reading list. I sat there dumbfounded, not realizing it was on their reading list nor that I had actually read it three or four years ago. It's not that it's a nondescript book, quite the opposite, but you know how it is sometimes when you've zipped through so many short-short good reads and you forget one because a more powerful novel by Rabindra ...more
Izcalli Gamez
Nov 20, 2015 Izcalli Gamez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I read this book because one of my teachers said I had to or they'd give me a red slip for being unprepared. So I read it and this book was amazing. This book is realistic-fiction.
A 13 year old girl named Koly needs to get married. When she finally does her new husband falls deadly ill. meanwhile the mother n' law hates her. Soon koly falls to be a Widow and so does her mother n' law suprisingly. Her new mother then takes her and koly to a city a very famous city. A city known for
Mohammed Rasheen
a simple short book with a story which will stay in my mind for long, loved this book to the very end. it works as a story of human persistence but very little about Indian Culture. very motivating and satisfying. wish this book was bit longer.
rating 4.5
La Coccinelle
This is the type of story I usually end up liking. I find it fascinating to read about other places and cultures. While this book definitely had strong settings and a good backdrop of cultural traditions, it wasn't as engaging or as complex as I wanted it to be.

Please, dear author, I want some more...

I've read a couple of books now that are set in present-day India (well, this one is sort of current; it was published in 2000, so while we do get glimpses of some modern-day features, it does see
Jun 05, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age story of a different sort. Koly is married off to a boy she's never met--a boy who is ill and she learns the only reason she was married to him was so his parents could gain the dowry to pay for his medical care. Soon Koly is widowed and must face a difficult life against the difficult traditions of her culture. Beautiful and tragic. Grades 4 - 7.

From VOYA:
"Despite the obvious elements of fairy tale—cruel mother-in-law, attractive young male coming to the rescue—the book does not
(B) Archer at KIPP
Feb 14, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever felt lonely before
Recommended to (B) Archer by: Ana Lia Diego
Shelves: girls-have-read

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelanis about a girl named Koly who lives in a poor village in India; and she is 13 years old and she has to get married so that the food in her house could go around. So they marry her off to a "16 year old", but in reality he is 13 years old and he is very sick. Her mother-in-law is very cruel to her because she does not want her to see her husband, they want to take Hari (her husband) to "the Holy Ganges" to heal him.Turns out that Hari dies and Koly has to live with
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The other John
This is a tale of a young girl from a traditional Indian family, Koly, who is subjected to an arranged marriage. (What date this story is set, I don't know. I'm assuming it's a modern day setting as the book mentions color photographs and computers) As you might guess from the title, it doesn't quite work out very well. How it doesn't work out, I won't reveal. It was an interesting tale, well worth checking out. The characters are done quite well, with a bit of depth to them. Koly especially is ...more
Angela Kidd Shinozaki
This is such an inspiring story of finding home. I could not put it down until I finished it. I've met Gloria Whelan, who lives in MI, and she's a wonderful lady. It's fascinating that she can weave such seamless tales of different places and cultures using her own research and imagination. I was amazed to learn what happens to widows in parts of India, left to starve, homeless and often penniless. It's shameless and cruel. But the real heart of the story is in the innocent and somewhat naïve bu ...more
Jun 30, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 6th and 7th graders
Recommended to Emily by: my teacher
This story is a Hindu story about a girl who is told she is getting married at the age of 13. Then later she finds out the person she is supposed to get married to only wanted to get married for the dowry (Hindu term for gift to get married to the person, in other words, she had to give the family of the man she was marrying a gift, like money to marry him) so they can pay for him to go to The Ganges and get healed because he is very ill. The story gets worse and worse for Koly (main character) ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Elsabet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely little story. It made me smile, but it also made my heart ache. I am an American, and though my family is not rich, we are not poor either. We have our hard times and we have our troubles, but I thank my Heavenly Father that I am in my late teens and still single. If I ever marry it will almost certainly be a man that I have known for a long time. I man I have talked to often and gotten to know very well. A man my father respects. A man, not an ailing little boy.

Oh, poor littl
Dec 22, 2014 Alluna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ada saat-saat dimana aku merasa beruntung sekali terlahir sebagai seorang perempuan di keluargaku dan di Indonesia. Pertama adalah saat aku mendengar berita tentang larangan menyetir mobil untuk wanita di Saudi, yang kedua adalah saat aku mengernyitkan dahi ketika mengetahui peraturan-peraturan yg katanya syar'i yang diterapkan kepada perempuan-perempuan muslim di Aceh sana, dan yang ketiga adalah ketika aku membaca berita tentang Malala. seorang gadis cilik yang memperjuangkan keinginannya untu ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Amekki3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A girl named Koly who is from a very small poor family in a very quiet peaceful village. Koly wanted to go to school and learn how to read and write. But she has to follow her Indian culture and has to stay in the house do house chores and sew saris. So, according to her Indian culture she has to get married soon and she is only 13 years old. Koly's parents found her a husband and she has to marry him weather she wants to or not. She goes and gets married and she isn't allowed to see her parents ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Homeless Bird is set in India. The main character is married at 13. The story is sad, but it has a beautiful ending and remains to be one of my favorites.

It has a middle school reading level, which is about how old I was when I read it the first time.
Nov 25, 2008 Muyiwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book that talks about a young Indian widow struggling to survive in the corrupt streets of India
Jan 16, 2015 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since my son is in India now I read books and watch movies about life there as much as I can. This is a quick read and gives a realistic view of what life was like not so many years ago....and in some ways is still the same. Some marriages are still arranged. At least the parents have to approve. A 13 year old girl has an arranged marriage and leaves her family forever. It's her story. She finds a way to survive through everything that happens in a 4-5 year time. It's well worth the short time i ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Linmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Explanation of Rating: Generally, I liked the plot of the story that described about a young widow who was abandoned by her mother-in-law. The plot attracted me because I could not expect what would happen to her next. In fact, I was interested in her life before she became a widow, because I could learn about Indian weddings and different livelihoods in India. However, learning about her life after she became a widow was also a great way to learn about India and worthwhile to read.

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Aug 24, 2013 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get why this book is taught at the middle levels. It's a pretty interesting account of Indian culture and written at a level that 7th graders can get. The one bad thing happens and then another strategy is effective at letting kids know, you know what, it's not so bad for you, but it did get to the point where it was a little overkill. I'm all for bad stuff happening to people and the getting to see those people rise above it, or exact their revenge, but Kojy just took it. I do suppose that is ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Caitlyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
The book Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan was a fabulous historical fiction read about a girl named Koly who is forced into an arranged marriage at age thirteen, but when her husband dies within the first week of marriage she is forced to become a widow and live under the orders of her evil Sass. Through the years Koly finds ways to ignore the harsh comments from her Sass about how she is good for nothing, and a disgrace to her family, she always had had someone to talk about her problems to lik ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that may both enlighten you and infuriate you.
Many things happen in other cultures that we, as Americans, find disturbing. One of those is that in some cultures, women and children are no more than a commodity, to be bartered for the good of the family as a whole. That is the case here.
Koly, age 13, is considered old enough to marry, by the standards of her people. Her mother thinks of nothing but practical matters, but her father has allowed her to learn and dream, at least a lit
Jul 29, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After reading Homeless Bird I felt like sighing. Not because I was relieved it was over, no just the opposite. I've read a lot of boring and mediocre books lately, it was a relief to finally read a good one. Homeless Bird wasn't just good, it was a wonderful, deeply moving novel that kept me engrossed from begining to end. The main character is Koly, a thirteen-year-old girl living in India. Her parents are looking for a husband for her, who's family will take her in despite her small dowry. Kol ...more
Gloria Whelan's Homeless Bird is a pleasant enough story. Predictable and pleasant. It is a fast read and Koly is a likable protagonist.

But shortly after beginning the book I stopped to research the author. As I suspected after my first few pages of reading, Whelan herself is neither Indian or of Indian ancestry and has never traveled to India. I believe that it IS possible for writers to write successfully outside of their own experiences, but I am EXTREMELY wary of authors who attempt to write
What a precious story! It was short but lacking nothing, I loved it! The journey of a young girl in India whose life is changed forever when her arranged marriage comes with a heartbreaking surprise. Whelan's writing has a beautiful simplicity, I could almost taste the spicy samosas and smell the bright orange marigolds in the streets. She made traditional Indian society come to life through her descriptions. I loved the way I couldn't predict what would happen from one point to the next, and th ...more
May 01, 2015 Ripken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a girl who lives in India and gets married but becomes a widow.

I learned that sass in Hindu means mother in law. I liked when Koly decides to marry Raji and I also like how she finds a home where widows live.

This book was sad of how there are so many widows in Vrindavan.
Mar 21, 2014 ladydusk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was one of the only narratives set in India that I could find for my 9 year old reader. I wanted to pre-read it because it was shelved in the YA section at the library (Yikes! She can't be that old!! I'm not ready for that!)

This book is beautifully written, shows cultural differences, and will open some of the culture of India up to M-girl.

There is a lot of sadness in the book; immediately widowed, forcibly worked, and eventually abandoned, Koly's behavior, attitude, creativity, and
Jan 23, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick YA read- finished in one night. Story of 13 year old girl from India who is forced into a marriage that should never have happened. Good story, but the author's note would have been better placed in the BEGINNING of the book rather than the end since it contains a glossary of all the Hindi words used in the book.
Jul 04, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet book with a predictable ending. Reminded me of a watered down version of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. Perfect for 7th graders.
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Gloria Whelan is the best-selling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Friutlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square and its companion, The Impossible Journey; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell to the Island; and Return to the Island. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods ...more
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