Book Review: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly


It’s the first in a new series of book reviews! We’re inviting kids to read and share with each other what they liked (or didn’t like) about books!

Violet read “Blackbird Fly” by Erin Entrada Kelly over the summer and loved it. It’s a chapter book for ages 8-12 about a girl named Apple who gets bullied at school for being different. She’s spent almost her whole childhood in this small Louisiana town, but still they make fun of her Filipino background, calling her all kinds of names that hurt her feelings. Her mother doesn’t seem to understand the problems she’s having, nor that she really wants to learn how to play guitar.

What Violet loves most about the book is that Apple never gives up in the face of all this negativity. She learns how to play the guitar despite her mother’s disapproval, and lets the joy of that lift her up above the mean comments to show her a path to new friends who love her for who she really is.

Do you have a book you’d like to share with us? Film yourself and we’ll add the titles and publish it on Be Who You Are TV! : )