Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Ruthie Mizrahi and her family left their home in Cuba for a new life in Queens, New York. Already struggling to learn a new language and understand a different culture, Ruthie is devastated when a car accident leaves her in a body cast. Here world shrinks to the life inside her bedroom. She no longer attends public school or plays sidewalk hopscotch.
Slowly she discovers a different world. She finds joy in creative expression when a neighbor introduces her to painting and her father gives her a typewriter.
Over time she confronts her ultimate challenges: learning to forgive those responsible for the car accident, and having the courage to trust her legs to support her as she learns to walk again.
Lucky Broken Girl, Ruth Behar's tale of a young immigrant who perseveres and overcomes tremendous obstacles is a personal account filled with heartbreak and hope.
Nope by Drew Sheneman
A fledgling contemplates leaving the safety of the nest and attempting to fly. Drew Sheneman's Nope extracts multiple layers of meaning with cleverly designed pages featuring cinematically arranged panel sequences, a variety of visual points-of-view, strategically placed layouts, and expressive body language. Text is kept to the bare minimum, allowing the colorful images to speak for themselves.
Conclusion: sometimes a daunting task requires just a little nudge in the right direction.