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The Ypsi Family Read brings the success of Washtenaw Read’s “One Community, One Book” model to kids and families. The Read encourages parents and kids to read and discuss a book together, then brings the book to life with a final celebration!lucky broken girl cover

This season’s book, Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, is the recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Author Award. It is a multicultural coming-of-age novel based on Behar’s own life. Ruthie Mizrahi is a sixth-grader who moves with her family from Cuba to a diverse neighborhood in New York in the 1960s searching for the American Dream. Ruthie’s future seems bright, but when a car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined to her bed, her world shrinks. How will Ruthie heal, both physically and spiritually?

The book raises challenging topics such as consequences of choices, decision making, and being empathetic towards others, and we hope you’ll use it as an opportunity to illustrate and talk through these concepts with your family or friends.

Ruth BeharOn Monday, March 18, at 6:00pm, YDL will host a family read celebration at Riverside Art Center. The event will center on author Ruth Behar, including her Cuban heritage, inspiration behind Lucky Broken Girl, and the immigrant-experience in America.

Join us for a fun-filled evening with hands on Cuban drumming, a youth art exhibit, hopscotch, Cuban snacks, and an author reading and book signing.

The Ypsi Family Read is aimed at school-aged kids and their families, but teens and adults will enjoy this book as well!

Lucky Broken Girl is for students in grades 3-8 to read independently, but there is a list of picture books and shorter chapter books for younger children that touch on the same themes, so the entire family can enjoy The Read together. We hope you enjoy the book.

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Read more about Ruth Behar and her works at her personal website.