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Birdie Mae Hayes is eight years old and lives in a small town in Alabama with her mama; daddy; and little brother, Bubba. Her best friend, Sally Rose Hope, lives just five houses down from her. They have been best friends since the day they were born and are always together.

There is something special about Birdie Mae. Not something that she likes, or even wants, but something she was born with. For as long as Birdie Mae can remember she has been able to tell when something bad is going to happen. Out of nowhere this awful sick feeling comes over her. The worst part about it…she knows there is nothing she can do to stop it.

When Birdie Mae gets that feeling on the first day of school, she knows her first day as a 3rd grader may not turn out the way she had hoped. In fact, she knows for certain that today is going to be a very bad day.