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Pajaro Sin Hogar

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  7,124 ratings  ·  896 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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karen

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
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Lanier
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
(B) Archer at KIPP
Feb 14, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Linda
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
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Kelly
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
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Philip
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Emily
Jun 30, 2008 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Alluna
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
ladydusk
Library.

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
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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
Muyiwa
A great book that talks about a young Indian widow struggling to survive in the corrupt streets of India
Linmo
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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Arminzerella
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Andy
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
Caitlyn
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
Nick
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
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Samantha
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
Carrie
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
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
Gina
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.
Deb
One of Audrey's 4th grade novels. I tried to engage her in a conversation about this book, a quick, easy read about a young Indian girl sold in marriage so that her prospective in-laws could use her dowry money in a last ditch attempt to save their son's life by taking him to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges.

Great place to discuss feminist values and the subjugation of women, and how women can be complicit in that subjugation~but Audrey would have none of it! All she'd say what that it was a stup
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Rhea
I first got this book because it was assigned to read for school. I know at first it looks a lot like a boring book but it actually pretty good. It's mostly about traditions in India and how Koly, the main character, overcomes them.

The rest of this is a summary of the book.
So Koly gets an arranged marriage, but he is sick with tuberculosis and unfortunately dies from it. Then Koly becomes a widow. Since she is a widow she gets a widow's pension she doesn't know this because her husband's paren
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Dhani
Bagi saya, buku seperti berjodoh. Dan sepertinya, buku buku yang ditulis oleh pengarang India, bisa saya peroleh dengan berbagai jalan tanpa diniatkan. Dia bisa terbeli bahkan ketika saya sama sekali belum kenal nama pengarangnya, dijual oleg seorang teman dengan harga murah atau bahkan lewat salah sangka, seperti buku ini.

Saya kira buku buku terbitan Atria adalah buku buku cerita klasik. Dan pengarangnya pun seperti nama bukan India( bisa jadi nama samaran). Dan tara, ketika membuka halaman dem
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Ceej
Koly is only thirteen, but already her parents are planning her marriage. They send her off to a family she's never even met before, where she finds friendship in Chandra, the sister of her new husband. But her husband, Hari, is deathly ill, and his parents force Koly to slave away in the courtyard each day. Suddenly, the life that Koly was just starting to know, and even love, is ripped away, and she is alone in the world of strangers, saris, and endless uncertainty. Koly must fight desperately ...more
Sally Smith
Homeless Bird
Every once in a while there is a misfit of a book that turns out to defy all of the young adult norms to boost sales of placing a romance into a novel, vaguely or not too vaguely teaching a life lesson, or an action packed, but unrealistic representation of a dystopian civilization, and Gloria Whelan’s “Homeless Bird” is one of the few. In this spectacular masterpiece of a novel, the reader feels as if they are morphed into the character’s life struggles. “Homeless Bird” is one of t
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Jessamyne
This was a nice quick read. I really enjoyed this book, it was so beautiful and really moved me.

Koly is a 13 year old girl who is married off. Her parents were told that her husband was sixteen but it turned out to be that he was a dying 13 year old boy. His parents lied because Koly's dowry will help pay for their trip to the Holy Granges, that is their last hope in their son living. If Hari, Koly's husband, dies then Koly will be a widow and that is one of the worst things that can happen to a
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Kelsey Walley
Gloria Whelan presents a captivating, beautiful story that provides her readers with a sneak peek into Indian culture in her book Homeless Bird. At the beginning of the story, most people would probably think the story took place a long time ago, but they will be surprised to find a modern day setting. Much of India goes without the everyday luxuries that Western culture takes for granted. Many of the homes and places Koly visits in the story do not have electricity.

Koly is a thirteen-year-old
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Jennifer
Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan, is a very interesting and heart-pulling story to read. Koly’s story, as she is forced into marriage with a boy that she does not even know, is told from her perspective. This created a serious bond between her and me as I was reading, and it helped to make arranged marriage at a young age—such a foreign concept to me—somehow closer and more real than ever.

I really felt for Koly as she slowly comes to realize that she has been lied to. Her husband, Hari, is not s
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Dylan McHenry
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Brady Sullivan
While the story of an indian girl isn't usually my cup of tea, I found myself easily drawn into the story. Although Gloria could have given us normal-folk readers a few more details about some of the things that appeared in the book, it was an easy fix with a google search (and then I found the glossary when I had finished reading T_T). The culture was very different from anything I have seen in real life, and something I have avoided in movies and books, but with the exception of having to goog ...more
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