The Bridge Home
by Padma Venkatraman
Viji and her sister Rukku runaway from home, and Viji must take responsibility for her sister Rukku who has a developmental disability. They make their new home on an abandoned bridge, and along with their new friends Muthi and Arul, spend their days digging through trash to find items the garbage collector will pay them for. After a bad rainfall, Muthi and Rukku fall very ill, and Viji and Arul must decide if risking the family they’ve become is worth seeking help from adults. Recommended for grades 5-8.