Homeless Bird

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Homeless Bird
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March 01, 2000
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A beautiful story that will touch your heart
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There are few works that strike me as truly beautiful stories, and Homeless Bird is one of them. Gloria Whelan's new novel touches your heart and your soul. And, not only will it touch you deeply, it will transport you directly to India.


You meet Koly, a thirteen year old living in India, while she is still living at home. She is happy with her parents and brothers, though her life is strictly controlled by tradition. Soon her parents scrape together a dowry and she finds herself married.


The bridegroom's parents had lied to her family in order to get enough money together to take their son, who is very ill, to the great Ganges River. Their motives are good (they want to save their son's life) but their deception changes Koly's life forever.


When her husband dies, her life goes from bad to worse. Her mother-in-law (her Sass), abandons her alone in Vrindavan, the holy city, where many widows are sent to live by families who do not want to support them.


Even with this unexpected turn of events, Koly makes a life for herself and finds true happiness. Her character is a very strong one and deserves a lot of credit for the future she carves out for herself. No matter what, she is always true to herself.


As an American living in the suburbs, the description of Koly's life was completely foreign to me. That's part of the beauty of this book. India and her people are dealt with honestly and delicately. This book doesn't make any judgements about right or wrong or even different, for that matter. Ms. Whelan's writing truly made India (and Koly) come alive for me.


I recommend this book for anyone aged 10 and up. Teachers would also find this an excellent book to discuss in class.

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awsome book                                                                           "not"
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Reader reviewed by Trublu93

At the tender age of thirteen, Koly is forced into an un-forgetful marriage. Her husband, Hari, is weak and sickly and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mehta, are ungrateful and wicked. Koly doesnt know how she will survive. After just a few days into the wedding, Hari dies. What is Koly to do? She cant run back home, that would show disgrace and dishonor upon her family, but she doesnt know if she can live another day in that wretched house.

When Haris sister, Chandra moves out on her wedding day, Koly is even more depressed. Now she has no one in the Mehta house. Soon enough, Mr. Mehta passes away and Koly is stuck with Mrs. Mehta, by herself. One day, Mrs. Mehta comes home with good news. Her brother in another city has decided to take her in, but she doesnt tell Koly that she wasnt invited, giving Koly false hope.

When they reach Vrindavan, a holy city, they take a break for some fresh air. There, Mrs. Mehta ditches Koly, and once again, Koly finds herself to be a lone in the world. How will she ever rise again? With the help of a city boy, in no time, Koly is back up on her feet again. Shes happy with her new life and wouldnt like it any other way, but then, she gets purposed to.

Koly goes through a lot of ups and downs. It seems like right after she recovers from something major; another change is taken in her life. Will she ever be able to live a constant life again?

Homeless bird is a well written book and I liked how Gloria Whelam includes lot of the Indian culture in it. It gives the book more meaning and understanding. I learned a lot from it. I would recommend it to girls of Kolys age, 13. Sometimes we dont realize or really appreciate what we have. After reading Kolys story, hopefully a lot of us will change out minds, I know it had an effect on me.
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Unforgettable
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Reader reviewed by Mary

Koly is married to a sick boy. So sick in fact that he barely seems to last the marriage ceremony and is soon dead. Koly is left alone with her in-laws who quite obviously don't want her. Soon she finds herself left alone on the streets of India, homeless. But Koly knows that she will never give up....


A tale of hope; this book is truly beautiful and shows Koly's struggle to find her place in our harsh world.
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Homeless Bird
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Reader reviewed by Alena Ngo



Homeless Bird

Koly, you are thirteen and growing everyday,Maa said to me. Its time for you to have a husband. Homeless Bird ,the fiction Indian book is about a young thirteen year old girl named Koly. Who has to get married to a boy or man she doesnt even know. On the day she is to get married she figures out that her husband is younger than her. After she is wed she finds out that her new husband is very sick and could die. Her new mother- in- law ,sass and father -in-law ,sassur let their son,Hari marry young because they needed the money so they could take Hari to the Ganges and hope that it would cure him. They went to Varanasi to cure his sickness. But it didnt help so Hari died in the city of Varanasi. Soon Kolys sister- in-law gets married and long after that kolys sassur dies. Koly then is left with her evil sass, who takes her to a city of widows called Vrindavan. Koly never finds her sass so she stays there. A very nice rickshaw boy brings her to a widows house. There she meets Maa Kamala the owner of the widows house. Maa Kamala helps Koly find a job. There at the widows house Koly meets lots of friends. The rickshaw boy named Raji comes to the house and eats then Koly reads her book of Tagores poems and she asks Raji if he would like to learn how to read and write. Raji tells Koly about his farm and how one day when he has enough money he would go back and get married and work at his farm. Then weeks later Raji tells Koly that he has enough money to go home to his farm and wants Koly to come with him. So Koly agrees and they live happily ever after.
I would recommend this book for those who like books with lots of drama. If you like third person books than this is definently the book for you. this book is definently a page turner. The hook really grabbed me I could not let the book down. The book was very understanding it wasnt complicated at all. Homeless bird reminded me of Cinderella because sass was like the evil step mother. Raji was like the prince. The theme in the story is kindness. koly was very kind by giving her breakfast to the little girl on the street. Raji helped Koly find a home in the city. Another theme is bravery. Koly stood up to her sass and didnt give up her mothers silver earrings. The plot was very detailed. Gloria Whelan used lots of facts about India in the story Homless Bird.
I think this book is a great book with lots of interesting facts and details.I enjoyed reading this book because of its third person dialog. I think everyone should read this book because it has a lot of similes, metaphors, and personification which made the book more interesting. this book is great for people who like to get into the action right away. This is the kind of book for adventurous people.
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love this book
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Reader reviewed by janine

This book is about an Indian girl who marries a sick boy. Her mother-in-law hates her, and soon she becomes a widow. This girls ordeal to find happyness is not adventurous but has something about it that makes you want to keep on reading. The friendship, the talent, the dreams, the love that are all apart of this wonderful story really work well with one another.
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It was fairly good
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Reader reviewed by Rachael

This book was pretty good. It's about this girl who is pretty much engaged at birth. She had a husband already picked out my her parents, and then has to marry at a certain age. But what happens when you're taken away from your home, and your husbands parents aren't too fond of you?...............
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Reader reviewed by Vanusha

This was a very good book. I liked the way it showes the struggles that the main character goes through. It is set in India. I liked the way the author explaines how life is on a teenage girl in India.
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loved it so much
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KOLY IS LIVING WITH HER FAMILY. THERE IS THIS OTHER FAMILY THET WANTS HER ONLY BECAUSE OF HER DOWRY. SO SHE GETS MARRIED TO THIS BOY NAMED HARI. HE IS VERY SICK AND HE DIES. HER SASS DOES NOT LIKE HER .HER SASS HAS A DAUGHTER NAMED CHANNDRA. THEY BOND WITH EACHOTHER WHEN THEY HAVE TIME TO DO CHORES. KOLY, IN HER SPARE TIME SHE EMBROIDERERS. LATER IN THE STORY SASSUR TEACHES KOLY TO READ THE SACRETS OF READING A BOOK. SASS IS VERY UPSET AND THAT SHE GOT MAD. LATER IN THE BOOK SASSUR DIES AND NOW KOLY AND HER SASS IS NOW A WIDOW. SASS IS GOING TO LIVE WITH HER BROTHER AND KOLY THINKS SHES GOING ALONG BUT SASS SENDS HER TO GET FOOD WITH A 50 RUPPEE NOTE SO WHEN SHE RETURNS SASS IS GONE. SHE HAD MET THIS RICKSHAW BOY NAMED RAJI AND HE GAVE HER A HOME TO THE NAME MAA KAMALA. MAA KAMALA IS LIKE A GOD MOTHER UNTIL THE WIDOWS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO GET THIER OWN PLACE. SO KOLY NOW HAS A JOB AND A PLACE WITH HER FRIEND NAMED TANU. SO THEN RAJI PREPOSED TO KOLY AND SHE SAID YES!!!!! SO NOW THIER HAPPY
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