A Junior Library Guild Selection
A PW starred review
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.