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Blackbird Fly

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.

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In BLACKBIRD FLY, debut novelist Erin Entrada Kelly creates a warts-and-all-likable heroine whom everyone can relate to. She brings a universality to Apple's unique circumstances by letting the reader inside Apple's head and heart to understand the isolation she feels at school from being different and the frustration she feels at home for not being understood and supported by her mother.

The plot mostly involves middle school social drama, with some mistakes Apple makes on the way to learning guitar seeming to go on forever, making the ending feel arbitrary. But kids are unlikely to notice and mostly will enjoy rooting for Apple as she discovers she can feel comfortable in her own skin.

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