Thorndike Press

The Blackbird Girls

  • Anne Blankman
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432884417
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884413
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.50 lbs ( .68 kgs)
  • 538 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020



A National Jewish Book Award Winner
A Sydney Taylor Middle Grade Honor Book

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. Soon, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s estranged grandmother. 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?

Age Range: 9-12 | Grade Level: 4-7 | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“Blankman spins a stunningly complex tale out of simple words.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This title weaves a beautiful, bittersweet tale of courage, resilience, and how love can ultimately overcome ingrained hatred and prejudice.”

— School Library Connection (starred)

“A deeply affecting testament to the power of unlikely friendship in the face of bias, tragedy, and distance.”

— School and Library Journal (starred)

“[A] well-executed historical novel.”

— Booklist