“A truly wonderful, unique story. This celebration of family, individuality, and nature will remind you to always be on the lookout for wonder.”
— Wendy Mass, New York Times best-selling author of THE CANDYMAKERS
“Sally J. Pla does a wonderful job of weaving humor and humanity into this tale of one boy’s triumph.”
— Cammie McGovern, author of JUST MY LUCK and SAY WHAT YOU WILL
“Sally J. Pla’s heartwarming debut novel zings with humor, spot-on characters, and a poignant exploration of the effects of war.”
— Edith Hope Fine, author of UNDER THE LEMON MOON
“Pla’s debut is an achingly real portrait of a family living in the in-between place of a wait-and-see prognosis. Charlie’s unique voice and his quest to understand the world around him will resonate with readers … Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing.”
— Kirkus Reviews
When my three boys were younger, we took lots of summer road trips in our old minivan. They weren’t always easy for my autistic middle son, who didn’t like the change, strange foods, or strange places.
So we’d try to make things as smooth as possible. For instance, we’d always eat at places that served his preferred food — because, as he once put it: “I figure you can survive pretty much anything, as long as you can order the chicken nuggets.”
With that, a story idea hatched in my brain.
The Someday Birds is my own neurodiverse heart-gift to kids who are different, kids put in tough situations, kids dragged into journeys they don’t want. It’s about self-acceptance, about learning how to feel more at ease in the world. There’s humor, and heartache, and birds, lots of birds. (Charlie adores birds, and fervently believes that learning bird-behavior is the ultimate key to understanding human behavior.)
I’m so proud to share this book about a lively, flighty family. It’s available for preorder now, and publishes on Jan 24 2017.
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