Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.
Jean Little, one of Canada's most beloved authors, got the idea for The Birthday Girl from her grandma's first cousin. The Birthday Girl is her third book for Orca, following Birdie for Now and I Gave My Mom a Castle.