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Lucky Broken Girl
by Ruth Behar


Overview - "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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399546440
  • ISBN-10: 0399546448
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Set in 1966, this strongly sketched novel, adult author Behars first for children, focuses on a 10-year-old Cuban immigrant whose injury forces a prolonged convalescence and rehabilitation. The story begins with Ruthie Mizrahi moving up from the dumb class (where she learned English) to the regular fifth grade class at her school in New York City. However, a car accident leaves Ruthie so severely injured that she spends almost a year sequestered in her room in a body cast (My bed is my island; my bed is my prison; my bed is my home). Readers will get a powerful sense of the historical setting through Ruthies narration, but the novel is perhaps defined even more by her familys status as immigrants and by its memorable multicultural cast. Some dialogue can ring false (I am a bit of a hippie. I believe in peace, love, and flower power, explains the tutor sent to work with Ruthie), but Behar successfully juggles several engaging plot threads, and Ruthies complicated relationship with her mother, given the demands of her care, is especially compelling. Ages 10up. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Apr.)

 
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