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The Someday Birds

Charlie prefers home and safe routines. But now he’s trapped on a crazy road trip to his injured dad. Will things work out? Maybe—if he spots all the Someday Birds along the way.

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 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 soon share this book about a lively, flighty family. It’s available for preorder now, and publishes on Jan 24 2017.

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