Saturday, November 21, 2015

Blackbird Fly

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Apple knows 3 interesting facts about herself.  She hates her nickname apple, she is embarrassed by her mother and her culture and she wants to play guitar.  Sprinkled with some typical middle grade trops - changing friendships, discovery of boy/gril relationships / bullying - this book explores Apple's coming to terms with her heritage and making friends in spite of the bullying and teasing she is enduring.

I finished the book rather quickly but almost abandoned it near the beginning.  I felt the bullying in the book was awful and not really resolved to my satisfaction.  I also have a hard time with the word "retard" ever being used in a book for kids.

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