Apple has a few problems. She wants to be a rock star like her hero, George Harrison of The Beatles, but her Filipino immigrant mother is dead set against it. Playing the guitar and not studying after school is “too American.” But nothing can be “too American” for Apple when her so called friends drop her after her name ends up on her middle school’s infamous Dog Log: a list of the ugliest girls in school. If only her friends didn’t turn on her, if only she could fit in, if only she could follow her dreams to become a musician… then maybe life would be easier. Or maybe finding a new friend or two and uncovering bits of her mother’s secret past will make life as sweet as apple pie.
This title is recommended for any and all readers in grades 5-7, especially those with a fondness for The Beatles.