The 2018 Pure Belpre Award winner, this is the story of 10 year old Cuban immigrant Ruthie and her life in 1966 New York City. Having mastered English well enough to move into a regular class and making friends, Ruthie’s life is turned upside down when she is involved in a serious auto accident. Her recovery means being in a body cast and confined to her apartment for almost a year. This time proves to be a time of developing unexpected relationships with neighbors, friends and her tutor and to learn more about the stories of her Jewish Cuban grandparents. Based on the author’s real life, this is a tale of a middle grade heroine and a cast of diverse characters.