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Blackbird Flies

Blackbird Flies Fifteen year old Payton MacGregor is a musical prodigy To him though his music is merely a way for him to escape from the chaos that surrounds him All of his life he s had to care for his mother w

  • Title: Blackbird Flies
  • Author: Chynna Laird
  • ISBN: 2940012297204
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Nook
  • Fifteen year old Payton MacGregor is a musical prodigy To him, though, his music is merely a way for him to escape from the chaos that surrounds him All of his life, he s had to care for his mother, who copes with her bipolar disorder with booze instead of turning to her own musical talents He refuses to become a statistic Then he s thrown a curve ball.His mother suddeFifteen year old Payton MacGregor is a musical prodigy To him, though, his music is merely a way for him to escape from the chaos that surrounds him All of his life, he s had to care for his mother, who copes with her bipolar disorder with booze instead of turning to her own musical talents He refuses to become a statistic Then he s thrown a curve ball.His mother suddenly dies, leaving him to be cared for by his aging grandparents As much as they love him, they decide to send him halfway across Canada to live with his father, Liam the man Payton always believed abandoned him and his mother Payton isn t making the relocation easy on anyone until he finds out he s going to attend the prestigious School of the Arts for musically gifted youth Any second thoughts he has about his new life are erased when he meets Lily Joplin Their connection is instantaneous.Lily is a talented singer, but her struggles with drugs and bipolar disorder hit too close to home for Payton s comfort And when her issues become all consuming, he wonders if his music will be enough to carry him through.

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    1. Chynna Laird

      CHYNNA LAIRD is a freelance writer and multi award winning author Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs She s authored two children s book, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a YA paranormal suspense novel, a Contemporary coming of age novel and an adult Suspense Thriller Website chynnalairdauthor

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    1. Reviewed by ShannonBook provided by author for reviewFifteen year old Payton MacGregor finds himself on a train bound from Winnipeg to Edmonton with no idea how things are going to turn out. Since the death of his mother, he’d been living with his elderly grandparents. Out of the blue, they present him with a train ticket and an opportunity to meet with the man he thought had abandon him when he was a baby.When he gets to Edmonton, he find out nothing is what he thinks. He finds he is most def [...]


    2. Author: Chynna T LairdPublished by: Astraea PressAge Recommend: 16+Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRaven Rating: 5Blog Review For: GMTAReview:"Blackbird Flies" by Chynna T Laird was a good short read. This story deals with mental illness and drug abuse issues with is mother and later with a school friend Lily. The story was of Payton Mac Gregor who had lived for the first fifteen years with is mothers' parents(his grandparents), in Winnipeg now was sent to live his father(Liam) whom Payton had never met [...]


    3. I loved the premise of this book—a young man with a shattered background heads off to reclaim a part of his heritage he thought was lost forever. His troubled mother dies and Payton is shipped to live with his father, a man he’s never known. To complicate things, his father already has a family, complete with a stepmother and siblings Payton’s never met.This is a coming-of-age novella with an important message. Payton must embrace his past and his musical gifts before he can move forward. [...]


    4. This book is about a young boy, Payton, who faces challenges in his life yet overcomes them. The challenges arise from abandonment of one parent and substance abuse of another. Payton is very musically gifted uses his talent to cope.I would say I "enjoyed" reading this story but the word doesn't seem to fit. Rather I would say I enjoyed reading about a child who appeared normal. At first Payton was the typical get out of my face, my life is terrible, don't try to love me kind of kid. But as the [...]


    5. The story is short, only 98 pages on my Nook, but took me a little bit longer to read because my Nook was being funky and the formatting was off. I did enjoy it though. It is a very emotional story, that had me teary eyed and smiling at times, and very inspirational. The story is about fifteen year old Payton who is sent to live with his father, even though he'd rather just stay with his grandparents. Payton gets accepted into a school/college for gifted students. Payton plays the piano, and is [...]


    6. Payton McGregor is a sullen and rebellious 15-year old on a train bound for Edmonton. No one understands that all he wants to do is play his music. Instead his grandparents have sent him away to live with Liam, the father he has never met. Once he arrives he finds life with Liam is full of one surprise after another. The biggest surprise of all is his acceptance into the School of the Arts for the musically gifted. The man Payton never knew actually knows him better than anyone. But his first te [...]


    7. I haven't read a lot of YA books, but that's changing for me. Blackbird Flies is one of the reasons. The main character, a teenage boy, has had a tough family life. He's forced to live with another family member, but doesn't want to. After he gets to know them, though, he realizes things aren't always what they seem. After moving, he finds things in common with his family, and gets to attend a school where many of his dreams come true. You get to know him, his friends, and the complicated dynami [...]


    8. This short story was packed full of emotion. It's about a boy, Payton, that is sent to live with his father, a father he has never known, after the death of his mother. It has been his dream to attend the prestigious School of the Arts for musically gifted youth. It is at this school that he meets a very talented singer, Lily, that he becomes attracted to only to find out she has some secrets of her own. Overall I thought the story was great and shows the very real truth behind substance abuse.


    9. As a musician, I expected to enjoy the musical setting of this story. From the blurb, I expected some references to the helplessness that comes with mental disorders, but I wasn't ready for the gripping detail and the harsh reality of the consequences that sometimes follow them. This was a very dark tale, reminding me of the musical Rent. I read this in two sittings, and will definitely look forward to more from this author.


    10. I think this book is amazing! Chynna Laird is a talented author, who really makes the book interesting, and pulls you in. This book in particular is really real, and helps you understand what might've going around you. Great book! I would also recommend you to get her other books too!!


    11. Interesting premise. I can't imagine having so many family issues and baggage to deal with. I liked that he was able to take something horrible and make something positive out of it.


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