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  • Lucky Broken Girl

  • By: Ruth Behar
  • Narrated by: Ruth Behar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Lucky Broken Girl

By: Ruth Behar
Narrated by: Ruth Behar
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Publisher's summary

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 listeners, 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.

©2017 Ruth Behar (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic reviews

Lucky Broken Girl takes us into a world that is at once deeply familiar and astonishingly new - the world of young people negotiating English as a second language, of families being forced from their homelands, of bodies learning to move (and not move), and of friendships across cultural divides. But most of all, it is the world of Ruthie, an unforgettable character whom I grew to love and cheer for." (Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming)

“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 The Surrender Tree)

“A powerful story of fortitude and courage that will remain in the hearts of young readers.” (Marjorie Agosín, author of I Lived on Butterfly Hill)