“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time.

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on April 11, 2017 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399546448
ISBN-13: 9780399546440
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  • mybooksandi
    mybooksandiThursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm55 starsFeatured
    Well this book left me completely satisfied! Makes you feel refreshed, like you just drank a gallon of water after a long hot day. The long hot day are the other books. Lucky Broken Girl= Cool gallon of water. ( I love that metaphor) I loved how Behar told a story in a complete awesome, diverse way. I liked Ruthie, she was pretty sweet and caring. She loves her mother, father, and brother all the same. In all, I really loved this one, I thought it introduced a new side of contemporary❤️ I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from Penguin, this has not influenced my opinion in any way.
    • llpanda
      llpandaWednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
      I really like books that make me think from a different perspective. This book looks like one of them that would be really good.

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