Homeless Bird

Whelan, Gloria

Paperback - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Homeless Bird
From the Publisher: Gloria Whelan's National Book Award-winning novel chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. 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. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time-worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future. Inspired by a newspaper article about real teenage widows in India today.

Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, 2001
Edition: 1st Harper Trophy ed
ISBN: 0064408191
Branch Call Number: J FIC W
Characteristics: 186 p. ; 19 cm.


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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
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hopeful ending.

Past BOOKS 2 U book.

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
  • indigo_bird_105 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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


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