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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
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Jun 05, 08


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 slide into cliché but is unsentimental and fresh. Homeless Bird will satisfy many readers and belongs in every school and public library collection."

From KLIATT:
"This story of hope and redemption embedded in history and culture will provide students and teachers alike with not only an inner glimpse of Indian life but a sense of joy and hope for humanity. The writing is swift, poetic, and beautiful, and an absolute delight to read. Includes a glossary in the back. An excellent book—a must for all middle and high school libraries. A National Book Award winner."
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Maggie I've always been curious about this book and I love your description of it. The reviews from Voya and Kliatt only make me want to read it more!


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