Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

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Leaving Home...forever. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly wishes she could flee. According to tradition, though, she has no choice. On her wedding day, Koly's fate is sealed.

In the wake of her marriage, however, Koly's life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself alone in a strange city of white-sari-clad windows. Her only choice seems to be to shed her name and her future and join the hopeless hordes who chant for food.

Even then, cast out in a current of time-worn tradition, this rare young woman sets out to forge her own exceptional future. And a life, like a beautiful tapestry, comes together for Koly-- one stitch at a time.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2000 National Book Award Winner


About Gloria Whelan

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Gloria Whelan is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children and young adults. She won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her novel Homeless Bird". A versatile author of historical and contemporary fiction for children and young adults, as well as short stories and poetry for adults, Whelan is, according to Liz Rosenberg in the Chicago Tribune", "an accomplished, graceful, and intelligent writer." Visit her at GloriaWhelan.com. Amanda Hall has illustrated many books for children, includingTales from India (Candlewick), Prince of the Birds (Frances Lincoln), and The Stolen Sun (Eerdmans). Amanda lives in England. Visit her website at www.amandahall-illustration.com.
Published December 13, 2008 by HarperCollins. 196 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now, with only her talent for reading and embroidery, she must find a way to make a new life for herself in a society that does not encourage independent women.Reviewed by on August 21, 2001 Homeless Birdby Gloria Whelan View all » |

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