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Homeless Birdby Gloria Whelan
Synopses & Reviews
Vandana Singhandrsquo;s first book, Younguncle Comes to Town, was an instant classic of childrenandrsquo;s literature. Now, in this highly anticipated follow-up, Younguncle finds himself on an adventure in the mountains of India.
In Younguncle in the Himalayas, our protagonist arrives with his family at the gloomy, mysterious Hotel Pine-Away and soon discovers that their mountain holiday is going to be anything but peaceful. As Younguncle chats with monkeys and debates the true nature of reality with an offbeat sect of the Quantum Banana spiritualists, the fate of the picturesque little valley hangs in the balance. Who is the strange Rat-girl who charms rodents out of the hotel? Can the children and their eccentric uncle thwart the schemes of the dangerous city-slicker Pradeep Daalmakhini? Can Younguncle help Daalmakhiniandrsquo;s intended bride escape a fate worse than death? Has our favorite adventurer finally met his match?
andldquo;Enchanting . . . Singh is a most promising and original young writer.andrdquo;andmdash;Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Trilogy
andldquo;One of the best childrenandrsquo;s books this year. . . . It has none of the self-consciousness you often find in adults who write for children, very plausible dilemmas and a delightful style.andrdquo; andmdash;Business Standard
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Nailas fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
Nailas conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Nailas vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before its too late.
< P> < b> Gloria Whelan's National Book Award& ndash; winning novel, chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate.< /b> < /P> < P> Like many girls her age in India, thirteen& ndash; year& ndash; old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time& ndash; worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future.Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen& ndash; year& ndash; old widows in India today, this universally acclaimed best& ndash; selling novel, characterized by spare, lyrical language and remarkable detail, transports readers into the heart of a gripping tale of hope.< /P> < P> Ages 10+< /P> < P> < /b> < /b> < /P>
About the Author
Gloria Whelan is a distinguished poet and award-winning author. She has written many books for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Angel on the Square; Return To the Island; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell To the Island; Miranda's Last Stand; and The Indian School Ms. Whelan lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods of northern Michigan.
Table of Contents
Heat, Monkeys and Rolling in Grain
Quantum Bananas and Hotel Arrangements
Oil and Troubled Waiters
The Himalayan Times Bravery Contest
Things that went Squeak in the Night
The Multi-Storied Two-Hundred-year-Old Postman
The Cleverest Baby in India
Plots and Equations
Bride-to-be, or Not to be?
Lunching with Quantum Bananas
Sapna Devi Speaks Out
The Flight of the Banana
A Forest, a Feast, and a Farewell
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