Thorndike Press

Birdie and Me

  • J. M. M. Nuanez
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432881329
  • ISBN-13: 9781432881320
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .98 lbs ( .44 kgs)
  • 338 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



After their mama dies, Jack and Birdie find themselves without a place to call home. And when Mama’s two brothers each try to provide one — first sweet Uncle Carl, then gruff Uncle Patrick — the results are funny, tender, and tragic. They’re also somehow . . . spectacular.

Age Range: 10-12 | Grade Level: 5-6 | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin’s Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin’s The Thing about Jellyfish. Highly recommended.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“This strong, emotional, and engaging read is a must-have for any library. The issues are dealt with realistically and challenge the reader to examine their personal feelings, the various modes for dealing with grief, gender fluidity, and how to appropriately support students in their search for who they truly are. A great coming-of-age story.”

— School Library Connection (starred)

“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. . . . [T]he prose flows seamlessly and the dialogue feels undeniably real.”

— Booklist

“Sure-handed storytelling . . . [A] strong middle grade debut.”

— Publishers Weekly