Academic journal article Language Arts

Blackbird Fly

Academic journal article Language Arts

Blackbird Fly

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Blackbird Fly Written by Erin Entrada Kelly Greenwillow, 2015, 296 pp., ISBN 978-0-06-223861-0

This agonizingly heart-wrenching and equally uplifting novel tells the story of 12-year-old Analyn "Apple" Pearl Yengko as she navigates life and school with help from the Beatles (more precisely, from their music and the memories it engenders), two classmates she comes to value and trust, and her music teacher. Eight years previously, Apple and her mother emigrated from the Philippines to Louisiana after Apple's father's death. All Apple has of her father's is an old Abbey Road cassette tape, which feeds her Beatlemania. Apple is embarrassed by her mother's cultural habits and English difficulties and is angry over her refusal to talk about Apple's father. The personal and cultural divide between mother and daughter is large, represented in tangible ways by Apple's mother's steadfast refusal to allow Apple access to a guitar, which is killing Apple's dream of being "the next George Harrison or John Lennon" (p. …

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