Trade Ed. Listening Library 2019
DD ISBN 9781984845085 $15.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2019
CD ISBN 9781984845092 $38.00 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9781984845108 $38.00
Author Padma Venkatraman narrates her own work, displaying the depth of feeling and caring between 11-year-old Viji and her 12-year-old intellectually disabled sister, Rukku. They flee an abusive home only to face new vulnerability in the city of Chennai when their money is stolen and they must live on the streets. Venkatraman describes the developing bonds as the sisters form a new family with two homeless boys while all of them desperately search a garbage dump to find salable scrap. In particular, Venkatraman portrays how Viji's controlling relationship with her sister turns to tenderness and respect as Rukku's necklace making supports them. Venkatraman's Indian accent adds to the tone and setting, but it's the range and believability of emotions that will draw listeners into Viji's journey from despair to hope. A great family listen to launch important conversations. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]
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