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The Blackbird girls / Anne Blankman.

Blankman, Anne, (author.).


"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?" --

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  • ISBN: 9781984837356
  • ISBN: 1984837354
  • ISBN: 9781984837370
  • ISBN: 1984837370
  • Physical Description: 340 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date, binding, and paging may vary.
Target Audience Note:
9-12 years
Grades 5-6
560L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 12 509231.
Awards Note:
Mark Twain Award nominee, 2022-2023.
Subject: Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers > Juvenile fiction.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl╩╣, Ukraine, 1986 > Juvenile fiction.
Nuclear power plants > Accidents > Ukraine > Juvenile fiction.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) > Juvenile fiction.
Ukraine > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Mark Twain Nominees.

Available copies

  • 85 of 91 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Marshall. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Marshall Public Library.


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