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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library J NUA (Text) 33500013214952 New Available -
Hawley Public Library J NUA (Text) 33500013214960 New Checked out 05/02/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399186776
  • ISBN: 0399186778
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Kathy Dawson Books, [2020]

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"Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what 'home' really means"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Since their mother's recent death, Jack and her little brother, Birdie, have been living with their hapless uncle Carl, until his truancy leads to guardianship being transferred to their aloof uncle Patrick. Now, in Patrick's house in their mother's former hometown, Jack and Birdie must cope with her death, while building a new life—and a new family—among a seemingly resentful guardian and townspeople who aren't all tolerant of Birdie's gender nonconformity. Nuanez's debut tells an endearing story of family in the wake of tragedy, anchored by the wonderfully loving and supportive relationship between Jack and Birdie. Told through Jack's first-person point of view and intercut by pages from her observation journal that provide the occasional poetic flourish, the prose flows seamlessly and the dialogue feels undeniably real. In a book less concerned with plot, it's this veracity of character, along with Jack's accepting perspective, that will make it easy for readers to relate to Birdie as he explores identity and gender creativity—his preference for traditionally feminine clothing and cosmetics—on the page. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

J. M. M. Nuanez was born and raised in California, but has lived in other places like Texas and Korea. When not reading or writing, you can usually find her outside with her husband and son. In her limited spare time, she likes to play with her cats, make Korean food, and build miniature things.

Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Sex role > Fiction.
Uncles > Fiction.
Home > Fiction.

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