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“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.

Paperback, 272 pages
Published on April 10, 2018 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0399546456
ISBN-13: 9780399546457
26 Book Reviews
  • moonlight2011
    moonlight20118 months55 stars
    it's cool
    • jkbear
      jkbearover 1 year44 stars
      this book is ok
      • imunicornlover1
        imunicornlover1almost 2 years55 stars
        OMG! I LOVE this book so much it is my favorite book of all time!
        • bsc
          bscabout 2 years44 stars
          Ruth is an immigrant from Cuba. She and her family are starting a new life in New York and everything is going well. But that changes one day when she gets into a car accident. She breaks her leg and has to stay in a body cast. She then has to learn how to walk again. I really liked this book. I give it 4 stars.
          • lime_skater0707
            lime_skater0707about 3 years
            Have you ever had a car accident before? Are you from the other country? Well this book's character has a horrible car accident and she injured here whole left or right leg. ( I don't remember) If you are interested in this book and her more than 1 year lying on the bed life, try reading this book!
            • Vicky almost 4 years
              I personally didn’t like this book too much at the beginning because it is just talking about Ruthie’s normal life, which is not very interesting. Then, Ruthie gets in a car accident and breaks her leg. She goes through a lot, like having to stay on her bed for almost an entire year. She needs her mom to help her go to the bathroom, and she can’t go to school or play outside. By the end, she recovers, and she finds out that everything wasn’t so bad after all. Toward the end of the book, it gets more interesting because we see Ruthie face her fears, which makes her stronger. Finally, we get to see what her new life looks like.
              • sugar_andspice
                sugar_andspiceover 4 years55 stars
                The reason I love this book is that it explores Ruthie's world in a vivid way. When you picture Ruth Behar's point of view as a child, you see color and fun. This autobiography is great and I recommend that you read it.
                • domosaur
                  domosaurover 4 years55 stars
                  Ruthie is an ordinary girl who just moved to America. She loves hopscotch and Gogo boots and is determined to stay the neighborhood's hopscotch queen. When her dad gets a blue Oldsmobile, Ruthie is anything but depressed. She eagerly waits for the first ride, and it's a blast! Unfortunately, the car gets into a car crash on the way home, leaving Ruthie in a full body cast. This cast confines her to the bed for months, not able to move. At first, Ruthie mourns her loss and hates life, but gradually, she makes new friends and becomes happier. This book is for anyone who loves a sad but happy book, or enjoys a good adventure. I give this book 5 stars!
                  • mysterygal
                    mysterygalalmost 5 years
                    I enjoyed reading this book! If you are looking for a meaningful, quick read, I suggest this book. It is the story of a young girl, Ruthie, who has just moved into a small apartment in New York from Cuba. Finally beginning to settle in- making friends, getting into the "smart class", learning English, etc,- her family is caught in a horrible car accident. Ruthie is confined to a full-body cast. The rest is the story of how Ruthie learned to be patient and grateful for what she has, and the healing process of her and her family. :)
                    • snowyowl
                      snowyowlalmost 5 years55 stars
                      This is my FAVOURITE BOOK in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!