Tween Book Review: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Hey all, it’s Sarah!

I received this eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


Viji and her sister, Rukku, run away from home to live in a nearby city. Viji refuses to allow her abusive father to treat her or her sister  the same way that he treats their mother. She figures that nothing could be as bad as her home life. While the bustling Indian city is difficult, especially for two young girls who have no money and no job, they quickly make friends and develop a family of their own with other children living on the streets. Even though Rukku has developmental disabilities, Viji knows that she is capable of more than many believe. The two sisters work together to try and survive on their own, though it quickly becomes more difficult than they can handle. Will the two learn to find some way to keep their freedom, stay happy, and survive?


I failed in reading the summary of the book, so I thought that Rukku was Viji’s much younger sister. I had developed a very different mental picture of her, until I realized that she was much older. This was an emotionally difficult book because the sisters were not given a clear or positive path. It was certainly a solid book about creating/finding your own family. It did not strike me as unique, but will provide an enjoyable experience for young readers.



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