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Meet the Author: Padma Venkatraman


It is with great pleasure that we welcome award-winning author, Padma Venkatraman to the bookstore! She will present and sign her latest book for young readers, The Bridge Home. This story about four determined homeless children who make a life for themselves is featured in this year’s Washington Post Summer Book Club!

Recommended for readers ages 10 and older.

Unable to make it to an event? You still can get a signed and personalized copy of the featured book! Give us a call at 703-548-4092 or email at least three days before the event.


Life is harsh in Chennai’s teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter—and friendship—on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city’s trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.

Earlier Event: June 15
Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza