BIRDIE AND ME

Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin Young Readers

February 18, 2020

A story about a girl named Jack and her gender non-conforming brother, Birdie, searching for a place to call home.

After Mama dies, Jack and Birdie's two uncles each try to provide them a home—first sweet Uncle Carl, then gruff Uncle Patrick. The results are funny, tender, tragic, and somehow . . . spectacular.

With voices and characters that soar off the page, J. M. M. Nuanez's stunning debut novel depicts an unlikely family caught in a situation none of them would have chosen, and the beautiful ways in which they finally come to understand one another.

Cover art and design by Jessica Jenkins