BSB: Padma Venkatraman (The Bridge Home) Q&A and Book Signing

Bank Square Books presents an evening with award-winning children's author Padma Venkatraman, who will be discussing her new middle-grade book The Bridge Home with Rhode Island book blogger Cassi Steenblok. This event is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages, from children to adult.

About the Book

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning the final page."--Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestselling Amal Unbound

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut.

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.

About Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary. She is also the author of A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), Island's End (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice).

About Cassi Steenblok

Cassi Steenblok is a Rhode Island transplant, blogger, and and book lover. By day she works as a community organizer and grassroots fundraiser for a non-profit education organization but by night she becomes an explorer by traveling through the pages of a book. When she's not reading she is cooking, eating, traveling, watching TV, or hanging out with her semi-Insta famous cat. Actually, she's probably also reading while I do all of that.

She started blogging in 2009 and created My Thoughts Literally as a way to gush about a book that she loved, but didn't take it seriously until moving in 2013 and reading a book she totally hated. Wanting to share her opinion with the world she remembered her blog and committed herself to restarting and strengthening her blog. It was then she realized that there was this amazing community and has loved the opportunity to share her thoughts with others ever since.

She can be found on her blog at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @mythoughtslit

Event date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Event address: 
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
The Bridge Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524738112
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 5th, 2019

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive.