FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
Ruth Behar’s debut novel is Lucky Broken Girl and I was fortunate to read an advanced reader copy of this novel. I loved it! And I found myself in a dilemma last Sunday during the #titletalk twitter chat. Colby Sharp posed the question, “What are your must reads for 2016?” This book came mind right away, but the catch is that it will be published in 2017! Then another thought came to me, does this mean I can’t include Lucky Broken Girl in my Best Middle Grade Novels of 2016, which I publish at the end of December? Oh no! Can I already start thinking of the “Best” list for 2017???? Oh, the dilemmas of reading an ARC!
That said, I am so grateful that I was able to read an ARC of Lucky Broken Girl and I am eagerly anticipating its upcoming publication in April. I will definitely order a copy for my own library, and I can already tell you that I’ll be recommending this book to numerous middle grade readers and teachers in the future! Ruth Behar gives readers the beautiful story of Ruthie, a young, enthusiastic, intelligent girl with a love for her family and her new life in America. Her positive spirit is a constant in this story, and quickly becomes even more important when a car accident leaves Ruthie in a body cast and confined to her bed. She must search for ways to keep expanding her world, learning English, and navigating the difficulties of this new situation. Her spirit shines through and Ruthie’s world is filled with hope and love. A touching story that will stay with readers long after finishing Ruthie’s last page.
For I was once a broken girl. And I’m not broken anymore.
I am lucky, after all.