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Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly. 296 p. Greenwillow Books/ HarperCollins Publishers, March, 2015. 9780062238610.
Publisher synopsis: Future rock star or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams. called “a true triumph,” and the said, “Apple soars like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song.”
First line: On the day we moved to America, it snowed in Chapel Spring, Louisiana, for the first time in twenty years.
Page 56: A lot of really good songwriters lie in California, like Matt Costa nad Eleisha Eagle, so I thought about asking what music he liked, but instead I asked what book he was reading.
"The Silmarillion," he said. He held it up so I could see the cover. It was by J. R.R. Tolkien. "It's the same guy wh wrote The Lord of the rings."
"I love that movie," I said.
"You should read the book.