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I became a fan of Erin Entrada Kelly after reading Blackbird Fly. Again, the main character is a tween-age immigrant girl from the Philippines, living in Louisiana. Brought to the New Orleans projects by her father after the death of her mother and sister, Soledad (Sol) is left with her little sister Ming and evil-stepmother when her father returns to his native country for a "visit." A visit that has lasted five years. With a touch of magical realism, not to mention that evil stepmother, Sol uses her storytelling skills (a gift from her mother) to protect Ming from the harsh reality of their lives. She succeeds, until Ming comes to believe that one of Sol's stories is what will ultimately save them. Has Sol gone too far to protect her sister? This is not an "immigrant" story, but one about the love of sisters and story in an alien place.
I'm not crying, you're crying. Excuse me while I mend my broken heart! Oh my gods, this book hit me right in the feels. It was so creative and I love all the stories woven in! I couldn't help but think of my siblings when I reading. And I of course thought about my younger sister so it was really heartwarming and breaking at the same time.
Absolutely sweet book! Would love to see this book as a movie and would love a sequel even though i was satisfied with the ending. It’s a great example of how creating a fantasy world helps deal with pain & the trials & tribulations of life. Also shows how there is always someone & something watching out for us!!! Love this author!!! She is special & amazingly gifted!
I love how Erin Entrada Kelly weaves in her Filipino American background into her stories. This book is about two sisters from the Philippines who find themselves in Louisiana. The author creates believable and sympathetic characters. Put simply, her characters are adorable. This is a great book for young adults.
What a meaningful, poignant and timely book. This is a great cultural narrative that would pair with so many great pieces of historical fictions about the immigrant narrative. It would create some powerful comparisons to the past and present immigrant experience and the value of friendships in bridging the divide that exists in the heart.
A well-written book that will be adventurous and fun for younger readers, and poignant and thought-provoking for older. A brave tale of two sisters, with themes of grief, longing, forgiveness, love, and hope. I high recommend this book!