Homeless Bird is an excellent book which gives an interesting look into Indian culture.
While they didn't need to be the simple answer to her predicament a la The Prodigal Son , I just find it hard to swallow that there would be no letters, phone calls, visits - nothing.
It is a fast read and Koly is a likable protagonist.
Various interactions There are various ways you can interact with the Homeless Pigeon, albeit it all involves mouse clicks.
The main character is Koly, a thirteen-year-old girl living in India.
He dies after Hari's sister marries -- he has nothing left to live for.
He was once memorialized in a mural on Clarion Alley doing what he loves best: feeding the pigeons.
But I'm afraid that the pat resolution and the way the main character just floats along on the currents of fate will probably be unsatisfying for older readers.