|aThe day it snowed -- Dog-eater -- None of the above -- Still almost okay -- Hello, Good-bye -- The dog log -- Because -- The price of twenty dollars -- Turning American -- Little white lies -- Redemption -- Cleopatra -- Dedications -- Sayings -- Where friendless people go -- Sorrys -- Goddess of the dog pound -- Stew -- The Apple Yengko fender starcaster donation fund -- Klepto and freakboy -- Guwapo -- The Chapel Spring voice sensation -- How to deliver a secret guitar -- Blackbird fly -- Goddess of guitar -- Sometimes poeple need a serenade -- Always pick George -- Freedom -- Ready -- Apple Yengko's IFs.
|aBullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.
Future rock star or friendless misfit? That's no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel by Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams.Publishers Weekly called Blackbird Fly "a true triumph," and the Los Angeles Times Book Review said, "Apple soars like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song."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. "A must-read for those kids cringing at their own identities."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.