The Blackbird Girls
ISBN: 1984837370
EAN13: 9781984837370
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 19, 2021
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1.023622" H x 7.716535" L x 5.03937" W
Weight: 0.5732019 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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NATIONAL JEWISH BOK AWARD WINER
A SYDNEY TAYLOR MIDLE GRADE HONOR BOK

Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history.

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother's secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they've wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend's life? Would you risk your own?

Told in alternating perspectives among three girls--Valentina and Oksana in 1986 and Rifka in 1941--this story shows that hatred, intolerance, and oppression are no match for the power of true friendship.

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   Relevant
I wish more people knew about this book, Tunick said. It provides so much history and context for the current events, he said. It was a great product, said Dr. Brian Stokes Mitchell, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California.
 
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   very touching story
Beauty springs from tragedy in this story of young girls living in the Soviet Union.
 
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   Wonderful
I've enjoyed the character development and the stories of friendship, he said. It's important to develop our own opinions and be kind to others, he said.
 
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   Awesome
I had just finished reading the book and was excited to be back in school. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so detailed, Morgenthau said. I also liked how my dad and I were able to compare the story of Rifka and the stories of Valentina and Oksana to see how they related.
 
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   Blackbirds have a whole new meaning for me.
I absolutely loved this book, said Blair. The other story took so long to tell, it's just too beautiful. It's just a book, yet it gives me hope that there is the possibility of all people working together for a better world, he said.
 
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   Blackbird Girls
The story follows two friends who were friends until both their fathers were killed in the worst nuclear disaster in history. The bond between McCartney and Hurley is one that is heart felt and inspiring. The book does transition away from the story of Chernobyl into a story about what it means to be loved and accepted when all you feel hopeless. The Harrisons’ lawyer, Reid Weingarten, said the allegations were “pretty serious.”
 
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   So good
This book is so good, I recommend it to anyone. It pulled me in from the very beginning, Raymond said. Not only did the story captivate, but it helped me better understand this part of the world and this tragic event. I've recommended this book to friends and family.
 
5
   Great book
In "Never Let Me Go," a young couple's friendship develops during the Chernobyl nuclear accident. We're thrilled with the outcome, said Blair, "and we'll be reading it again." She was extremely nice and gracious to talk to us over the phone about the book, as well as answer all of our questions about the book! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It's almost too hot to handle, so I'll leave it at that."
 
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   Perfect Book for imperfect time
The girls really enjoyed reading it and chatting about it using Snap chat and Face time, she said. They drew parallels between the epidemic and their lives at the time, and compared with their deaths in later years. The book club has decided to read all the books by Anne Blankman this summer. I can't wait to read it.
 
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