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Padma Venkatraman

Biography

Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary. She is also the author of A TIME TO DANCE (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), ISLAND'S END (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and CLIMBING THE STAIRS (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice).

Padma Venkatraman

Books by Padma Venkatraman

by Padma Venkatraman - Children's, Children's 10-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Life is harsh in Chennai's teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, 11-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are. Fortunately, the girls find shelter on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while scavenging the city's trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.