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Blackbird Flies

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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.

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Published April 4th 2011 by Astraea Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Romancing the Book
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Fifteen 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 defin
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author: Chynna T Laird
Published by: Astraea Press
Age Recommend: 16+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

"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
Suzanne Rogers
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. I love
Felicia Rogers
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggy Tibbetts
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ruth Hartman
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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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.
Patricia Kiyono
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!!
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ya-fiction
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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CHYNNA LAIRD – is a freelance writer and multi award-winning author. Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other special needs. She’s authored two children’s books, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a YA paranormal suspense novel, a Contemporary coming-of-age novel and an adult Suspense/Thriller.