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I’m the author of The Someday Birds (HarperCollins), a book about Charlie, a bird-loving boy on a life-changing journey. Here’s a short trailer about The Someday Birds:



“…Captures both the literal and figurative meanings of journey.” — Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Pla gives us a memorable hero in this lyrical and funny book.” — Starred Review, Shelf Awareness

“Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A delight from beginning to end.” — Booklist

“…Zings with humor, spot-on characters, and a poignant exploration of the effects of war.”
Edith Hope Fine, author of UNDER THE LEMON MOON

“Readers will genuinely be captivated and touched… A strong addition to most middle grade collections.” — School Library Journal

“…Has all of the possible/impossible elements of successful middle-grade fiction. ” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A raw, funny road trip story that reminds us that even the most literal-minded people can occasionally be sucker-punched by a miracle.” —

“A triumphant debut with the resonance and depth of an instant classic. ” — Nerdy Book Club

“This novel is a treasure!” — Children’s Books Heal

“You’ll want to come along for the heartwarming and humorous ride.” — Booklist Reader

“Readers young and old will love Charlie and his tale of the Someday Birds.” — Middle Grade Mafia

“A truly wonderful, unique story… 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

— A Junior Library Guild Selection for 2017 —


Dear Friends,

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, and constant motion.

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 at Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target,, Powells, among other places.

~ Sally



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