Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Playlist + Giveaway)

Happy weekend to all!

Today I am featuring another playlist for Celebrating Debutantes 2017 blog event. Debut author Ruth Behar made a playlist for her debut middle grade novel, Lucky Broken Girl. This poignant and compelling story introduced a multicultural cast led by a brave young girl, Ruthie. And in case you aren’t aware, Lucky Broken Girl is based from the author’s childhood in the 1960s.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Ruth Behar along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of Lucky Broken Girl and the book trailer. And if you are in the US or Canada and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Ruth is giving away a signed copy of the book together with a special bookmark. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway. But before that here’s Lucky Broken Girl Playlist from Ruth.

Happy listening!

Lucky Broken Girl Playlist

Music flows through the pages of Lucky Broken Girl. On this playlist you can hear the songs that are mentioned in the book, as well as several songs that were popular in the mid-1960s, when the story takes place. I also included a few songs that reflect the diversity of languages and cultures that were a part of Ruthie’s life after she came from Cuba to New York. My brother, Mori, a composer and musician, gave me the mp3s of the two songs we mixed together in the book trailer. Happy listening!



 As a storyteller, traveler, memoirist, poet, teacher, and public speaker, Ruth Behar is acclaimed for the compassion she brings to her quest to understand the vulnerability of the human experience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. She is an anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and her memoirs for adults, An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy, explore her return journeys to Cuba and her search for home as an immigrant and a traveler. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She makes her fiction debut with Lucky Broken Girl, published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. This is also her first work for young readers, examining how the worst of wounds can teach a child a lesson about the fragile, precious beauty of life. .

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Book Details:

Title: Lucky Broken Girl
Author: Ruth Behar
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

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 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. 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.


Book Links:

Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Goodreads | Kobo | Publisher



What’s up for Grab?

  • Autographed copy of LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
  • And a Special Bookmark

The Rules:

  • Open to US or Canada residents only
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 5th, 2017
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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2 thoughts on “Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Playlist + Giveaway)

  1. that was an interesting playlist. Not familiar with most but certainly catchy and intriguing mixed. I would love to find out how those song relate to the story.


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