Born Behind Bars

Born Behind Bars

Nine-year-old, low-caste Kabir was born in jail in Chennai, India, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn’t commit. He ends up living on the streets when a new warden decides that he is too old to still be living in jail. He meets Rani, a Roma girl, who helps him survive in the harsh, ugly outside world. He eventually finds his grandparents and a helpful lawyer who gets his mother released from jail. This story told through the lens of a young boy is both educating and entertaining. Kabir is brave and optimistic. Like Venkatraman’s other books, A Time To Dance, Climbing The Stairs, and The Bridge Home, this book is unforgettable. mjw

Title: Born Behind Bars
Author: Padma Venkatraman
: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
: 2021
Original Language
: English
: 978-0593-11247-2
Hardcover pages
: 273
Age range
: 10 up
: Fiction, Novel
Book setting
: Chennai, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: U.S.
: 2022 NCSS Notable Books, 2022 South Asia Award Winner
: Homelessness, India, Poverty, Prejudice, Prisoners’ families, School, Street children

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