“Homeless Bird,” by Gloria Whelan

“Homeless Bird,” by Gloria Whelan is the story of a young girl forced to marry at the age of thirteen.

In India tradition decrees that marriages are arranged, and for young Koly this means that she is forced to marry a sickly young boy with a cruel mother. With no choice in the matter, Koly becomes his wife, but the union is short lived, for he dies, leaving her a widow.

For a time, Koly's mother-in-law lets her live with them so that she can take the small pension that the government pays to widows such as Koly, but eventually she takes her to the city of Vrindavan and abandons her. Here in Vrindavan there are thousands of other white clad Indian widows, homeless and with little hope.

But Koly is determined to shape her own future, and so she does, one small step at a time.

I thought that “Homeless Bird” was a very well balanced book. It depicted the traditions of India without the harshly critical air that many similar stories would assume. Gloria Whelan creates a detailed picture of India and its culture. The calm but bold main character Koly is sure to win her way into any reader's heart. I would definitely recommend “Homeless Bird” for its cultural aspects and interesting plot.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-01-07T09:24:00-06:00

49 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

it is an awesome book and really teaches life lesson. I really enjoyed it and l won't mind reading it again.I would rate it 10 out of 10 because the book also tells you a lot on rality

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

it is the best book i ever read good book _00_ thx

Anonymous said...

This book is so good Im still reading it.

Anonymous said...

best book EVER.
this really showed me that I have a lucky life while others are like Koly...
This is... the 14th time that i've read it already! And i'm still reading it over and over again

Anonymous said...

love this one..i really like koly..she is so cool

Anonymous said...

1/10 ooppps 10/10

Anonymous said...

6/10

Anonymous said...

yuck

Anonymous said...

who gets marrid in such an young age

Anonymous said...

i loce this book!!!!!!!!!!!!! they should make a second part to this i have so many questions to be answered!!!!

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Anonymous said...

I read this book in Chinese! But i stilled enjoyed it....

Anonymous said...

I've fead the book so many times
basically remembered it by heart!
Awesome BOOK!(><)

Anonymous said...

read
srry bad spelling

Anonymous said...

bad ending

Anonymous said...

Who ever said who gets married at such a young age, this was typical in old India

Anonymous said...

this books was awesome... i love this book...!!! it was awesome and INTERSTING

Anonymous said...

TERRIBLE BOOK. SO BORING

Anonymous said...

EVERYONE KNOW SHE WAS GOING TO MARRY HIMM. SO BAD, SO BAD.

Anonymous said...

i had to read this as a literature circle book it was actually really good

Anonymous said...

Very good but at some parts it is just messed up

Anonymous said...

this book was ok. i didnt dislike it but i didnt love it. i like to read really big books that are not about modern or anctient times. dido to whoeva said Very good but at some parts it is just messed up.

Anonymous said...

This book is good :) but it's sad & messed up at parts. Different, but good. A good read.

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hi Olivia

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Anonymous said...

this is so great i would love the author to write another book of homeless bird

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not that great at the end good romance with sweet ending but is not that intresting

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