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I loved that the protagonist, Apple Yenko is Filipino and at the same time so very American. She doesn't know it and feels different from her classmates in Lousiana. She is in fact, ashamed of her mother and the food she cooks. She finds her salvation in her music. Along her musical journey, she meets some really cool friends who appreciate herself. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to young adult readers.
Blackbird Fly is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Erin Entrada Kelly did an amazing job capturing the cruelty youngsters inflict on each other, and showing the vulnerability of those who are "different." I highly recommend this book for your young readers--especially those who are struggling with self-esteem issues, are victims of cruel pranks, or just need encouragement. I wasn't ready to let go of these wonderful characters--especially Apple and Evan. Long live the Apples and Evans of this world! Lots of life lessons here. Fantastic positive read for youth and adults.
This one made me cry because it was all so relatable! I love how it stayed as true as it could to the Philippine culture it echoed and how it stirred in bits of how it is to live in a place so very different from where one comes from. This one I love.
Love love love!!! Beyond creative and just a gem of a book!!! Super special & made me reminisce about my musical childhood & my love for music & how music impacts me daily and creates JOY!!! Love this author!
My 11 year old daughter loved this book. She couldn't put it down. She said she loved that she could relate to her because she was Filipino. We are a Filipino family and we appreciate the representation.