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Born Behind Bars

By Padma Venkatraman

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Publication Date: March 7, 2023

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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9

The author of the award-winning The Bridge Home brings readers another gripping novel set in Chennai, India, featuring a boy who's unexpectedly released into the world after spending his whole life in jail with his mom.

Kabir has been in jail since the day he was born, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn't commit. He's never met his dad, so the only family he's got are their cellmates, and the only place he feels the least bit free is in the classroom, where his kind teacher regales him with stories of the wonders of the outside world. Then one day a new warden arrives and announces Kabir is too old to stay. He gets handed over to a long-lost "uncle" who turns out to be a fraud, so Kabir runs away as fast as his legs will take him. How does a boy with nowhere to go and no connections make his way? Fortunately, another street kid, named Rani, takes him under her wing. But plotting their next moves are hard in a world that cares little for homeless, low caste children. This is not the world Kabir dreamed of--but he's discovered he's not the type to give up. Kabir is ready to show the world that he--and his mother--deserve a place in it.

Story Locale:Chennai, India

About the Author

Padma Venkatraman (padmavenkatraman.com) was born in India and became an American after living in five countries and working as an oceanographer. She also wrote The Bridge Home (Walter Award, Golden Kite Award, Global Read-Aloud), A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable), Island's End (CCBC Choice, South Asia Book Award), and Climbing the Stairs (ALA/Amelia Bloomer List, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People). She lives in Rhode Island.

Author Residence: Narragansett, RI

Author Hometown: Chennai, India

Format: Paperback

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Publication Date: March 7, 2023

ISBN: 9780593112496

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