|Illustrated By:||McLaughlin, Julie|
|By (author):||Pla, Sally J.|
|Subject:||JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Travel|
|Size:||7.62in x 5.12in|
|From The Publisher*|
TWO STARRED REVIEWS!
"Offering a mixture of suspense, mystery, tragedy and humor, Pla's story captures both the literal and figurative meanings of journey." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Pla gives us a memorable hero in this lyrical and funny book." -Shelf Awareness (starred review)
The Someday Birds is a debut middle grade novel perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree, filled with humor, heart, and chicken nuggets.
Charlie's perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.
When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay.
Debut author Sally J. Pla has written a tale that is equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn't understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.
|Review Quote*||"Sally J. Pla does a wonderful job of weaving humor and humanity into this tale of one boy's triumph."|
|Review Quote*||"Sally J. Pla's heartwarming debut novel zings with humor, spot-on characters, and a poignant exploration of the effects of war."|
|Review Quote*||"A truly wonderful, unique story. This celebration of family, individuality, and nature will remind you to always be on the lookout for wonder."|
|Review Quote*||"Achingly real...Charlie's unique voice and his quest to understand the world around him will resonate with readers dealing with their own pain. Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing."|
|Review Quote*||★ "Offering a mixture of suspense, mystery, tragedy and humor, Pla's story captures both the literal and figurative meanings of journey."|
|Review Quote*||"A delight from beginning to end."|
|Review Quote*||"Readers will genuinely be captivated and touched by Charlie's soft and sensitive demeanor and amused by his ponderous exploits across the country. A strong addition to most middle grade collections."|
|Review Quote*||"This has all of the possible/impossible elements of successful middle-grade fiction...Readers who enjoyed Sloan's Counting by 7s (BCCB 9/13) will be the ideal audience for this. "|
|Review Quote*||"The Someday Birds is a raw, funny road trip story that reminds us that even the most literal-minded people can occasionally be sucker-punched by a miracle."|