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Book/Author Spotlight: Blackbird Fly


About the Book: Future rock star, or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this debut tween novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers and following her dreams.

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, makes mistakes with her English, and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” It becomes unbearable in middle school, when the boys—the stupid, stupid boys—in Apple’s class put her name on the Dog Log, the list of the most unpopular girls in school. 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 how special she really is.






About the Author: Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly (2015) and Land of Forgotten Girls (2016), both from HarperCollins/Greenwillow. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has published more than 30 short stories and essays in publications worldwide. She was a 2011 Martha’s Vineyard Writer in Residence and a finalist for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction.

Erin reviews non-fiction for the Library Journal, specializing in history, religion, and true crime.

Erin, a Filipina-American, was raised in southwest Louisiana, but now lives in the Philadelphia area.

Her favorite word is “peculiar.”


June 3, 2016 - Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This tween read sounds like it has some important lessons that kids need to learn about individuality and acceptance of others. I think its important also to teach these lessons in a fun way that kids can relate to and it seems like this book addresses it beautifully.

    Comment by Merry | June 3, 2016 | Reply

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