Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Homeless Bird

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Homeless Bird

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WHELAN, GLORIA. (2000). Homeless Bird. New York: Scholastic.ISBN: 0-439-- 29691-9

Koly is a thirteen-year-old girl, living in India. Much to her dismay, her parents have chosen, for her groom, a boy even younger than she who, additionally, turns out to be terminally ill. The spunk and anticipation with which she left home for the home of her groom and his family is soon dismantled, but as is the tradition, she cannot turn back and return to the home of her parents.

Koly is not treated well by her in-laws, either before or after the death of her husband. She gains a bit of hope, however, when her mother-in-law tells her they are moving to take up residence with family members in another city. Yet again, Koly has a cruel joke played on her as her mother-in-law deserts her in a city of widows. Yet, Koly is a very intelligent girl and it is her own talent for embroidery that ultimately saves her, albeit (and unfortunately in the eyes of this reviewer) with the help of a virtuous young man who quite literally rides in (on a rickshaw) to save her. …

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