The Someday Birds

The Someday Birds

Book - 2018
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Winner of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award * Two starred reviews * A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of 2017 * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2017 * Wisconsin Library Association CBA Outstanding Books of the Year selection * 2018-2019 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award list selection * 2018-2019 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee * Young Hoosier Book Award nominee *

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.

"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)

Publisher: Canada :, HarperCollins Canada, Limited,, 2018
ISBN: 9780062445773
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2017


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Feb 15, 2020

Wow. I felt like I was in the RV with Charlie and his family. The author was good at describing emotions, and helping the reader experience not just Charlie’s emotions, but the other characters’, too. I especially liked how Ludmila’s story unfolded as the book went along.

Aug 03, 2018

Charlie wishes that his life had stayed simple and predictable as it always was. Faced with the challenges of autism and OCD, Charlie wishes that is ordinary life stayed the same. Now Charlie must take a road trip across the country with his siblings, babysitter, and grandma to visit his father in the hospital who will undergo brain surgery. A few years ago Charlie and his father came up with a list of birds to find. If Charlie can find these birds before he arrives at the hospital, maybe everything would be okay. Join Charlie on his adventure from California to Virginia and discover a wonderful family story. This book was an amazing book! It had a great story plot and I loved the different bird facts in the book. I highly recommend this book for ages ten and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
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MissAnnie Jul 31, 2017

A wonderful story with a timely plot and fine characters. Folks come into the story in unusual, but explainable ways and the novel unfolds with unexpected but heartfelt events. The best book I have read so far this year.

ArapahoeStaff2 Mar 13, 2017

This lovely book kept me turning the pages the whole way through. Charlie, who struggles with OCD and falls on the autism spectrum, was so likeable and I found myself rooting for him page after page. I loved all of the bird facts and other facts peppered throughout the novel. Albeit a bit didactic at times, overall this book is a great next read for fans of realistic fiction.

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