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The Gift: The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes

illus. by Bryan Langdo. 112p. Sky Pony. Jan. 2018. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781510724532; ebk. $4.99. ISBN 9781510724549.
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Gr 2–4—Birdie May Hayes lives in a small town in Alabama with her parents and her little brother, Bubba. Her best friend, Sally, lives nearby, and a new boy has recently moved in who seems like a potential friend. When Birdie May starts getting premonitions about what will happen in the future, her life takes a twist. The illustrations are charming, but the text is lackluster.
VERDICT An absence of conflict, a slim plot, and choppy dialogue make this one to skip for most collections.

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