Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken GirlLucky Broken Girl
by Ruth Behar
Grades 4 & up

When Ruthie’s family emigrates from Cuba to New York, she is placed in the “dumb” class because she doesn’t speak English. But she and her closest friend Rumi study hard and are finally promoted to the “smart” fifth grade. Horrifically, on the day before this is about to happen, she is involved in a major car accident and winds up spending months in bed in a full body cast. As she lies there for the rest of 1966 and most of 1967, she must come to terms with who she is and what life she wants to live. She learns resilience from her grandmother who escaped Poland to Cuba ahead of Hitler, from the Mexican artist who left his family to be true to his dreams, from her best friend’s mother who left an abusive husband in Belgium to start over in New York. Everyone has their own story and deals with adversity in their own way. We see this all through Ruthie’s eyes and watch as she learns and grows, while her body is immobilized in the cast. Based on the author’s childhood experiences, this story will resonant with children searching for their own paths through life, wondering if they are the only ones who are scared. (Spoiler alert: they’re not.) Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher

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