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Music-themed books recommended for ages 12+

Music-themed books recommended for ages 12+

“Blackbird Fly” by Erin Entrada Kelly

“Blackbird Fly” by Erin Entrada Kelly

Green Willow Books

Music can bring us closer to each other and strengthen the bonds of a community, says psychologist Jill Suttie. For the characters in these books, music is more than recreational, it’s a means of survival. These stories are about the true beauty of music â€" that no matter who you are or where you come from you can love the same song just as much as the next person. Themes in these books include racism, family, love, death, queer romance and self-acceptance.

“Blackbird Fly” by Erin Entrada Kelly

The title references a lyric from the iconic Beatles song, and the main character, Apple, is obsessed with “The Fab Four.” Apple and her mother are migrants from the Philippines. She finds the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, which she believes to have bel onged to her late father, and takes it with her when they relocate to Louisiana. At school, she encounters prejudiced remarks from her peers. But she finds strength by teaching herself how to play guitar, despite her mother’s disapproval. Readers are sure to be encouraged by the main character’s determination and persistence.

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“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin’s Griffin

“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Rowell sets this story in her hometown of Omaha, Neb., circa 1986. Readers may get the i mpression this story is very personal to Rowell â€" at least that’s how I felt reading it. The characters are so well defined that by the book’s end, I was saddened to leave them. Eleanor has a terrible home life riddled with abuse, poverty and alcoholism, and Rowell doesn’t downplay any hardships or trauma associated with those circumstances. Her saving grace from all the dysfunction is the discovery of new music … and, of course, Park. Park is a half Asian teen with his own insecurities about gender roles and appearances, and together they forge a love that becomes the single heartbeat keeping both of them alive. Readers are sure to find Park’s unrelenting love for Eleanor endearing, and well both characters’ refusal to allow society to define how they should look or dress.

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“The Beauty That Remains” by Ashley Woodfolk

Delacorte Press

“The Beauty That Remains” by Ashley Woodfolk

Ashley Woodfolk has written a painful, yet uniquely beautiful book filled with different ways teens process grief. Among them are Shay, who’s lost her twin sister to leukemia, Logan, whose first love committed suicide, and Autumn, whose best friend died of injuries related to a car accident. When the pain of loss seems to be closing in, it’s the sound of one band, Unraveling Lovely, which manages to hold them together. Woodfolk establishes a back story for the deceased characters that is so vivid that part of me grieved with those left to mourn them. “Beauty” strongly resembles the world in wh ich we live today: a world filled with black and brown people, adoption, love, queer romance, substance abuse, pain, and joy! A note to readers, the journey through this book isn't an easy one, but if you're willing, it's worth the read.

Jasmine Parker is a Ferndale librarian. For more information, visit ferndalepubliclibrary.org and click “Search Catalog.”

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