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Birdie's Billions



by
Edith Cohn

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA
ISBN
9781547607112
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

For as long as twelve-year-old Birdie can remember, it's always been just her and her mom, which means there's not lots of extra money around to spend on things like field trip fees and new school clothing and batons from the fancy gymnastics store. Still, they always find a way to make ends meet. Then Birdie makes one silly mistake that has a big consequence: Mom loses her job. Suddenly things are more dire than ever, and Birdie knows it is up to her to fix it. When Birdie discovers a huge stash of cash in an abandoned house, she doesn't think twice about where that cash came from; she just knows it must be the answer to their problems. But the people who left that money behind aren't willing to give it up so easily. Does finders keepers count when it’s half a million dollars? Birdie learns how to balance what’s right for her family and herself with what’s the right thing to do in this heartfelt small-town story.

“Recipe for Birdie’s Buckeyes.”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

274

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 8

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Lost and found possessions. Behavior. Mystery and detective stories. Mothers and daughters. Economic class.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-Birdie moves to Valley Lake so her mother can get high-paying work and Birdie can go to a good school, yet she is not rolling in cash like many of her posh sixth-grade schoolmates. Then Birdie discovers a treasure trove of money in an abandoned house, and their whole lives change. Birdie is excited they've struck it rich, and her mother will never have to work again-now all she has to do is convince her mother to take the cash. Matters go from bad to worse when her friend Hailey's mother starts spreading rumors that Birdie is a thief. Birdie's lies grow as she tries to cover up where she found the money. The main character is well developed, and readers will relate to Birdie's angst at being poor and the challenge of always telling the truth. They will relate to how fragile friendships can be, how being a good friend can mean making tough choices, and how people can judge you before they get to know you. Hailey's mother is well written, cruel and insistent on only her views and judging people harshly. Mom and Birdie's relationship is open and at times feels a bit idyllic. The recurrent themes of not judging a person and always telling the truth can be a little heavy-handed at times, and the story wraps up too conveniently, with everything coming together for the good of all in the end. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis's Mr. Chickee's Funny Money or Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses may enjoy this title. VERDICT A hopeful story about friendship, prejudice, and overcoming adversity that will keep readers engaged.-Elena Schuck

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-Birdie moves to Valley Lake so her mother can get high-paying work and Birdie can go to a good school, yet she is not rolling in cash like many of her posh sixth-grade schoolmates. Then Birdie discovers a treasure trove of money in an abandoned house, and their whole lives change. Birdie is excited they've struck it rich, and her mother will never have to work again-now all she has to do is convince her mother to take the cash. Matters go from bad to worse when her friend Hailey's mother starts spreading rumors that Birdie is a thief. Birdie's lies grow as she tries to cover up where she found the money. The main character is well developed, and readers will relate to Birdie's angst at being poor and the challenge of always telling the truth. They will relate to how fragile friendships can be, how being a good friend can mean making tough choices, and how people can judge you before they get to know you. Hailey's mother is well written, cruel and insistent on only her views and judging people harshly. Mom and Birdie's relationship is open and at times feels a bit idyllic. The recurrent themes of not judging a person and always telling the truth can be a little heavy-handed at times, and the story wraps up too conveniently, with everything coming together for the good of all in the end. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis's Mr. Chickee's Funny Money or Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses may enjoy this title. VERDICT A hopeful story about friendship, prejudice, and overcoming adversity that will keep readers engaged.-Elena Schuck

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