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Blackbird Fly

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Twelve-year-old Apple Yengko believes that there are at least three interesting facts about every person on Earth. Unfortunately, her three IFs make her an outcast in Chapel Spring Middle School in Chapel Spring, Louisiana:She has slanted eyesShe has a weird Filipino nickname. . . and a weird motherWhen Apple is voted the third-ugliest girl in school, her life quickly falls apart. The boys bark at her in the halls and a rumor spreads that she eats dogs for dinner. Music is her only escape. All she needs is enough money to buy a guitar, and then she'll be able to change herself and her life forever. So what if her mother doesn't understand and thinks she's becoming too American So what if her supposed best friends turn the other way . . .It might be the Beatles and their music who save Apple, or Mr. Z (Chapel Spring Middle's awesome music teacher)-or it could be two unexpected friends who show her that standing out in a crowd is better than getting lost in it.â
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062238612
  • 9780062238610
  • 671,435

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"[A] delightful debut . . . What sets Kelly's book apart is the combination of a quirky narrator and details about living in a first-generation Filipino American household. . . . Through her love of music . . . Apple starts to soar like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "A smart, sensitive, and resilient heroine who is authentic and relatable in her strengths and imperfections. This poignant novel would make for a particularly fine readaloud; expect visceral reactions . . . This is a must-read for those kids cringing at their own identities."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Will resonate with any student in middle school who has felt different and ostracized. The author has skillfully captured the various characters that populate Apple s . . . school. --School Library Journal (starred review)" [A] delightful debut . . . What sets Kelly s book apart is the combination of a quirky narrator and details about living in a first-generation Filipino American household. . . . Through her love of music . . . Apple starts to soar like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song. --Los Angeles Times Book Review" A smart, sensitive, and resilient heroine who is authentic and relatable in her strengths and imperfections. This poignant novel would make for a particularly fine readaloud; expect visceral reactions . . . This is a must-read for those kids cringing at their own identities. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" Writing with acute sensitivity and sometimes painful realism, debut novelist Kelly skillfully captures the betrayals, tentative first crushes, and fluctuating emotions of middle school ... a true triumph. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Kelly skillfully weaves together the story of misfit Apple, her love of music, and a budding romance with a new boy at school, while never losing focus on the central issue of what it is like to be the other. --Booklist" Each character in Kelly s debut novel . . . is portrayed with remarkable authenticity. The awkwardness and intense feelings inherent to middle school are palpable. Children s literature has been waiting for Apple Yengko a strong, Asian-American girl whose ethnic identity simultaneously complicates and enriches her life. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" "Kelly skillfully weaves together the story of misfit Apple, her love of music, and a budding romance with a new boy at school, while never losing focus on the central issue of what it is like to be the 'other.'"--Booklist "Writing with acute sensitivity and sometimes painful realism, debut novelist Kelly skillfully captures the betrayals, tentative first crushes, and fluctuating emotions of middle school ... a true triumph."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Will resonate with any student in middle school who has felt different and ostracized. The author has skillfully captured the various characters that populate Apple's . . . school."--School Library Journal (starred review) "Each character in Kelly's debut novel . . . is portrayed with remarkable authenticity. The awkwardness and intense feelings inherent to middle school are palpable. Children's literature has been waiting for Apple Yengko--a strong, Asian-American girl whose ethnic identity simultaneously complicates and enriches her life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Back cover copy

Twelve-year-old Apple Yengko believes that there are at least three interesting facts about every person on Earth. Unfortunately, her three IFs make her an outcast in Chapel Spring Middle School in Chapel Spring, Louisiana:

She has slanted eyes She has a weird Filipino nickname . . . and a weird motherWhen Apple is voted the third-ugliest girl in school, her life quickly falls apart. The boys bark at her in the halls and a rumor spreads that she eats dogs for dinner. Music is her only escape. All she needs is enough money to buy a guitar, and then she'll be able to change herself and her life forever. So what if her mother doesn't understand and thinks she's becoming too American? So what if her supposed best friends turn the other way . . .

It might be the Beatles and their music who save Apple, or Mr. Z (Chapel Spring Middle's awesome music teacher)--or it could be two unexpected friends who show her that standing out in a crowd is better than getting lost in it.​
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Rating details

1,096 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 38% (412)
4 40% (439)
3 18% (201)
2 2% (26)
1 2% (18)
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