Lucky Broken Girl
Ruth Behar received the 2018 Pura Belpré Author Award for Lucky Broken Girl !
More recognition for Lucky Broken Girl :
- Honor from the Américas Book Award
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Notable Book
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
- Notable Books for a Global Society
- Finalist for National Jewish Book Award in Children’s Literature (2017)
In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age novel – 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 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.
Ruth Behar Named 2018 Pura Belpré Author Award Winner
Lucky Broken Girl book trailer
Awards and Honors for Lucky Broken Girl
- Pura Belpré Author Award (Medalist), 2018
- Junior Library Guild Selection, 2017
- PJ Library Selection, 2017
- Shelf Awareness List of Best Middle Grade Book of 2017
- Finalist for a National Jewish Book Award in Children’s Literature, 2017
- Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of the Year List, 2017
- Honorable Mention, Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2018
- Finalist, New York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize, 2018
- ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Notable Book, 2017
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018
- Notable Books for a Global Society, 2018
- Nominee for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, 2019-2020
- New York Public Library List to #ReadHarder, 2018
- Kveller List of 18 Diverse Jewish Books to Read for MLK Day—and Every Day, 2019
- Book Riot List of 15 Books You Should Read if You Loved Wonder, 2018
- Book Riot List of a 100 Must-Read Children’s Books Set in New York City, 2017
- VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (Challenges), 2017
- Children’s Book Council List, Be Brave, Persist, Survive, 2017
- A Mighty Girl’s Book of the Year, 2017
- Tablet Magazine, List of Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017
- Washington Post List of Best Children’s Books of 2017
- Washington Post List of Books That Can Help Build Strong Girls – and Boys – For Today’s World, 2017
- Kirkus List of Best Middle Grade Family Stories of 2017
- Evanston’s Public Library’s List of 101 Great Books for Kids, 2017
- Book Riot List of 25 Middle Grade #ownvoices Books, 2017
- Lilith, Great Girl Protagonists in Books for Young Readers, 2017
- School Library Journal, 23 YA and Middle Grade Books to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017
- Washington Independent Review of Books, 5 Middle-Grade Books Perfect for Summer, 2017
- Girls of Summer, List of 18 Books for Strong Girls, 2017
- The Children’s Book Review, Five Family Favorites, 2017
Praise for Lucky Broken Girl
-Jacqueline Woodson – Author of National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming
Ruth Behar’s heartfelt story, Lucky Broken Girl, is a book that reminds us how the broken places inside can heal.
– Sandra Cisneros – Author of The House on Mango Street and recipient of the National Medal of Arts
In the shadow of tragedy and fear, little Ruthie, our lucky, broken girl, finds the light of love and optimism. Although it indeed takes a village to raise a child, her story of resilience and triumph reminds us that sometimes it takes a child like Ruthie to raise a village. An engaging and magical read for children and adults alike.
– Richard Blanco – Author of The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history
Reading Lucky Broken Girl feels like meeting a courageous new friend who will be with you forever. Ruth Behar succeeds at infusing her tale of heartbreak and suffering with a glorious celebration of forgiveness and hope.
– Margarita Engle – Author of Newbery Honor Award-winning The Surrender Tree
A powerful story of fortitude and courage that will remain in the hearts of young readers.
– Marjorie Agosin – Author of Pura Belpré Award-Winning I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Lucky Broken Girl Playlist
Music flows through Lucky Broken Girl from the opening pages to the very end of the story. On this playlist you can hear the songs that are mentioned in the book. I also included a few extra songs that capture the spirit of the late 1960s when the story takes place. And you will find songs that honor the diversity of languages and cultures that converge in Lucky Broken Girl. My brother, Mori, a composer and musician, gave me the mp3s of the two songs we mixed together in the book trailer, so you can enjoy them too. Happy listening!