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“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

Blackbird Fly

Written by Erin Entrada Kelly
Illustrated by Betsy Peterschmidt
Published by Greenwillow Books

Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show her how special she really is. Erin Entrada Kelly deftly brings Apple’s conflicted emotions to the page in her debut novel about family, friendship, popularity, and going your own way.

Primary ISBN: 9780062238610

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Chapter Book, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

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