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The Someday Birds

de Sally J. Pla

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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)… (més)
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Heartwarming, poignant coming-of-age story of a 12 year old boy named Charlie, who is autistic and has OCD. Bird-loving Charlie, along with his siblings and their babysitter, road trip across the country to visit his hospitalized dad. This appealing story includes themes such as adventure, family, acceptance, and personal growth. Excellent characterization.
  kristinjbriley | Jul 18, 2019 |
Heartwarming, poignant coming-of-age story of a 12 year old boy named Charlie, who is autistic and has OCD. Bird-loving Charlie, along with his siblings and their babysitter, road trip across the country to visit his hospitalized dad. This appealing story includes themes such as adventure, family, acceptance, and personal growth. Excellent characterization. (Kristin B. review from award presentation)
  HeidiSki | Jul 6, 2019 |
Sensitive Charlie has several struggles. He must wash his hands twelve times before they are clean, he only eats chicken nuggets which must be arranged systematically before consumption, he is sandwiched between a teen-age sister and younger twin brothers who often make fun of him and his Gram makes him spend time in the hospital, a “home away from home”, to visit his dad who was injured in Afghanistan while working as a journalist. Charlie knew that his father’s head injury meant that his “Dad never know if we’re in the hospital room or not”. When Gram travels with Dad from Southern California to a hospital in Virginia for more treatment, Charlie and his siblings attempt a 2500 mile road trip to escape their mysterious guardian, Milla the Gorilla, reunite their family and protect their father. Surprisingly, their guardian proves to be a great ally (with a significant connection to their father) on their travels. Although Charlie struggles with his OCD across country, he is motivated by the work of famed ornithologist Tiberius Shaw and the goal of spotting all the birds on the list of species that he and his dad planned to see together. Along the way, he makes friends, gains confidence, grows closer with his family and gets an unexpected surprise message at the end.
What makes this more than a coming of age story is the brilliant characterization of the main character Charlie. ( )
  SWONroyal | Oct 3, 2018 |
This is a story, told in the first-person voice of 12-year old Charlie, an autistic boy obsessed with birds (among other things), and the cross-country road trip he and his family embark on from the west coast to the east, to visit his injured dad, hospitalized in Virginia. This is a story of adventure, but also of family, change, growth, transformation and acceptance. There are laugh-out-loud moments, and also sad and scary moments, too. The book, originally written, I believe, for middle school aged kids, is one that I (definitely far from that age group!) could not put down. And I don't think that is because of the dark stuff I've recently been immersed in. It's just that good a read! ( )
  jessibud2 | May 11, 2017 |
"Dad was so excited. If I can tell him that I've checked a great horned owl (GHO) off our list of Someday Birds, he would like that. It would make him feel happy. And feeling happy makes you heal quicker."

Charlie is twelve. He loves colored pencils, chicken nuggets and birds. When his father is injured in Afghanistan, he is returned to California to recover from his serious injuries. It is then decided he needs to be transferred, to Virginia for some advanced medical treatment. This leaves Charlie's grandmother to look after Charlie and his siblings. The family agrees to travel cross country in an old beat up RV to visit their father. Charlie also decides to create a Someday Birds List, which lists his favorite birds. He will check off this list, throughout the journey and then share this list with his recovering father.
This is a heartfelt story, nicely written, filled with love and hope. Charlie is a special character and it is a joy to look at the world, through his eyes. Here is his description of his first bald eagle sighting:

“He is perched on a pine branch overhanging the murky green water, a postage stamp come to life. He cocks his head, showing off his powerful golden beak and his piercing eye. He is a thousand times more fabulous-looking than any photo or drawing...He looks like the Master of the Universe.” ( )
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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)

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