Parents' Guide to

The Bridge Home

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heartbreak, hope in fierce story of homeless kids in India.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Amazing book, depends on the maturity of the child.

Amazing book, I would say a 12 year old or a mature 10 year old could read it. Shows that running away isn't always bad and you should try your best to get away from an abusive person. Overall fantastic, I have read the book multiple times and never got tired of it! :) There is a lot of violence though, so you might want to read it before your kids if you have any. I don't have kids myself though so read through it, my parents were never really strict about what I read when I was a kid!

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
age 13+

Average writing, not what I thought it would be…

Waste of money. Abusive situation and children run away from mom who loves them.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (3):

Spirited tween narrator Viji tells a harrowing tale of love, loss, and looking out for each other as homeless kids in India face appalling hardship with dreams and determination. Drawing from the real stories of the street kids the author's mother worked with in her native country, The Bridge Home finds vulnerable kids struggling to survive amid violence, disease, dirt, and deprivation -- and also moments of sweetness and unexpected kindness. Some sensitive readers may find it too intense, but Viji's engaging, determined voice and refusal to give up will appeal to many, and her struggles will inspire empathy.

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