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  Lucky Broken Girl
  by Ruth Behar

   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.

   Lucky Broken Girl, Ruth Behar's debut novel based on her own life experiences, takes readers on a heart-opening journey that is filled with teachable
   moments for your students to discuss. See the Educator's Guide for teaching resources. 

  Read: “Letting the Heart Lead the Way”: Ruth Behar on Writing for Middle Graders.

  Read:  ‘I Was In A Body Cast For Close to a Year’—Ruth Behar

 Awards & Honors:

 2018 Pura Belpré Award Winner, Text
 ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Older
 Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade Books
 VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2017
 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
 Tablet Magazine Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade


“Behar’s first middle grade novel, a fictionalized telling of her own childhood experiences in the 1960s, is a sweet and thoughtful read, slowly but strongly paced, and filled with a wealth of detail that makes the characters live. Both poetic and straightforward, this title will appeal to young readers with its respect for their experiences and its warm portrayal of a diverse community. In addition to Ruthie’s realistic and personal voice, the novel’s strength is in its complex portrayal of the immigrant experience, with overlapping stories of who goes and who comes and the paths they travel. Recommended and relatable. Hand this to fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and those who loved The Secret Garden.”School Library Journal

“An unflinchingly honest first-person narrative . . . (an appended note provides more context and encourages readers to ‘speak up. Tell your story’). Effectively scattered Spanish phrases lend authenticity, while period references evoke the 1960s setting.”The Horn Book

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