The Someday Birds

The Someday Birds

Charlie wishes his life could be as predictable and simple as chicken nuggets.And it usually is. He has his clean room, his carefully organized bird books and art supplies, his favorite foods, and comfortable routines.But life has been unraveling since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. And when Dad gets sent across country for medical treatment, Charlie...

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Title:The Someday Birds
Author:Sally J. Pla
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Someday Birds Reviews

  • Melissa
    Oct 31, 2016

    Sally J. Pla's contemporary middle-grade debut novel, THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, blew me away. Charlie, a 12-year-old bird enthusiast with a passion for chicken nuggets and a need for order, is forced to go on an unexpected cross-country road trip with his siblings, a mysterious family friend, and a three-legged dog named after Charlie's idol, bird expert Tiberius Shaw. Their destination? The Virginian hospital where their war-reporter dad is recovering from a head injury sustained in Afghanistan. What

    Sally J. Pla's contemporary middle-grade debut novel, THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, blew me away. Charlie, a 12-year-old bird enthusiast with a passion for chicken nuggets and a need for order, is forced to go on an unexpected cross-country road trip with his siblings, a mysterious family friend, and a three-legged dog named after Charlie's idol, bird expert Tiberius Shaw. Their destination? The Virginian hospital where their war-reporter dad is recovering from a head injury sustained in Afghanistan. What Charlie discovers along the way - about himself, and about his family - is in equal parts wildly funny and heartbreakingly sad. Beautifully written and sensitively told, this middle-grade gem does everything a great novel should: entertain, enlighten, and enchant. Highly and enthusiastically recommended.

  • S.F. Henson
    Feb 08, 2016

    Phenomenal! This story is truly special. Pla's writing allows you to crawl inside the main character's head and see the world how Charlie sees it. If you have Asperger's or OCD, you'll see yourself reflected in these pages. If you know a child or coworker or loved one with Asperger's or OCD, this book will help you gain a new understanding of their everyday trials and victories. Pla captured so much in these pages. I could've spent forever with these characters. You definitely want this book on

    Phenomenal! This story is truly special. Pla's writing allows you to crawl inside the main character's head and see the world how Charlie sees it. If you have Asperger's or OCD, you'll see yourself reflected in these pages. If you know a child or coworker or loved one with Asperger's or OCD, this book will help you gain a new understanding of their everyday trials and victories. Pla captured so much in these pages. I could've spent forever with these characters. You definitely want this book on your must read list!

  • Merriam Saunders
    Sep 22, 2016

    As a psychotherapist who specializes in working with the Austism Spectrum, I am always a bit nervous to read novels that reflect ASD characters. Authors with the best of intentions don’t always get it right, leaving readers with many misconceptions. Sally Pla not only gets it right, but she does so in such a lyrical and page-turning way. We become swept away not only in the adventure and mystery of the story, but also in Charlie’s lovable, literal, anxious and reluctant point of view. Sally Pla’

    As a psychotherapist who specializes in working with the Austism Spectrum, I am always a bit nervous to read novels that reflect ASD characters. Authors with the best of intentions don’t always get it right, leaving readers with many misconceptions. Sally Pla not only gets it right, but she does so in such a lyrical and page-turning way. We become swept away not only in the adventure and mystery of the story, but also in Charlie’s lovable, literal, anxious and reluctant point of view. Sally Pla’s writing is absolutely beautiful and engaging, while staying true to the voice of young Charlie’s character. By the end of the story, you are cheering, crying and relieved—but also sad to say goodbye to this sweet, sweet boy. Kids will love the adventure (and possibly develop an interest in birding!) and grown-ups will appreciate a perspective that will provide an understanding of and empathy for differences. A must in the library.

  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 29, 2016

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Charlie likes things a certain way, and stress makes him resort to self-comforting activities like washing his hands repeatedly. His mother is dead, and his journalist father has recently been badly injured in Afghanistan. His grandmother is taking care of him, his older sister Davis, and his younger twin brothers, but when an opportunity to send the father to a hospital in Virginia, she leaves the children with a friend in California. Of course, the friend

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Charlie likes things a certain way, and stress makes him resort to self-comforting activities like washing his hands repeatedly. His mother is dead, and his journalist father has recently been badly injured in Afghanistan. His grandmother is taking care of him, his older sister Davis, and his younger twin brothers, but when an opportunity to send the father to a hospital in Virginia, she leaves the children with a friend in California. Of course, the friend becomes unable to watch the children after the grandmother has left, and the four prove themselves to be incapable of watching themselves. Enter Ludmila, an odd character who has been hanging around their father's hospital room. Not trusting her, Davis inveigles her boyfriend to drive the family to Virginia, but they have an accident in Las Vegas. Ludmila comes to their rescue, and the group spends the rest of the book having a fairly enjoyable road trip and finding out secrets about Ludmila's past and her involvement with their father.

    Strengths: Road trip books ALWAYS do well in my library, and their just aren't enough of them. Ludmila's story, and the information about the war in Bosnia, was very interesting, and her ties with Charlie's father were convincing. Sad, but not maudlin. Davis and Charlie were also interesting characters, and the portrayal of Charlie's OCD/Asperger tendencies was done naturally. Lots of fun adventures and interesting places (Wall Drug, the Field Museum, etc.).

    Weaknesses: I wish that Charlie's eccentricities had been labeled. I'm never sure what the correct stance on this is, but Charlie is definitely not neurotypical, and it would be helpful to know. If Charlie were at my school, we would probably refer to his as "on the spectrum" and seek some sort of support for his behaviors.

    What I really think: Another review called this oddly endearing, and I feel the same way. I love the cover. This will be a hit with readers of How To Avoid Extinction, Far From Fair, and other books with problems that are faced with optimism and resilience.

  • Janice
    Dec 05, 2016

    Among the charms of this debut novel is the generosity with which Sally J. Pla writes about twelve-year-old Charlie, a sweetly nerdy kid who understands that his deep need for order and compulsive hand-washing complicate his life and drive his family nuts. (He seems to be on the autism spectrum, but Pla wisely doesn't label him.) She also brings compassion to Charlie's exasperated family. And his transformation in the book involves awakening his own empathy for others, including a three-legged d

    Among the charms of this debut novel is the generosity with which Sally J. Pla writes about twelve-year-old Charlie, a sweetly nerdy kid who understands that his deep need for order and compulsive hand-washing complicate his life and drive his family nuts. (He seems to be on the autism spectrum, but Pla wisely doesn't label him.) She also brings compassion to Charlie's exasperated family. And his transformation in the book involves awakening his own empathy for others, including a three-legged dog that he comes to loves despite its smelly fish breath.

    Charlie has managed to organize his life in a way that keeps his anxiety from overwhelming him. That all changes when his dad, a journalist injured in Afghanistan, needs surgery, and Charlie's forced into a cross-country road trip with his three siblings and the strange pink-haired woman who's taking care of them.

    Charlie and his dad share a love of birds. To give himself an anchor on the trip—and, in a touching bit of magical thinking, to make his dad well—he decides he has to look for every bird on a list they've made of "someday birds," rare birds they hope to see once in their lives.

    Yes, birds appear, in a number of gratifying ways. So do some delightful science-obsessed adults who suggest the special kind of person a boy like Charlie might become.

  • Scott Fillner
    Dec 10, 2016

    A character can elicit so many different emotions in a reader regardless the story, but when the two come together, you just don't seem to want it to end. In Sally Pla's debut novel this is most certainly the case. The main character is one that you make an instant connection with and just want to know more and more about. In fact all the characters in Sally's novel are so unique and interesting.

    The story is is unique and has you making connections not only with geography but science and ornitho

    A character can elicit so many different emotions in a reader regardless the story, but when the two come together, you just don't seem to want it to end. In Sally Pla's debut novel this is most certainly the case. The main character is one that you make an instant connection with and just want to know more and more about. In fact all the characters in Sally's novel are so unique and interesting.

    The story is is unique and has you making connections not only with geography but science and ornithology as well.

    I believe many children and adults will find this story and these characters appealing.

  • Jessica
    Feb 15, 2017

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm absolutely blown away by the perfection of this book. This is an amazing debut novel and I hope that Sally J. Pla writes many more books in the future! (I WILL READ ALL OF THEM!)

    THE SOMEDAY BIRDS is about Charlie, a 12-year-old bird enthusiast who likes things to always be in order. He ends up being forced to go on a cross-country road trip with his family and meets some new friends along the way. The story is a

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm absolutely blown away by the perfection of this book. This is an amazing debut novel and I hope that Sally J. Pla writes many more books in the future! (I WILL READ ALL OF THEM!)

    THE SOMEDAY BIRDS is about Charlie, a 12-year-old bird enthusiast who likes things to always be in order. He ends up being forced to go on a cross-country road trip with his family and meets some new friends along the way. The story is absolutely life-changing for both Charlie and the reader. I feel like I'm closing this book with a new perception on life.

    The writing was just like the story- absolutely perfect. I felt like I was able to connect with all of the characters and really get involved in the story. THE SOMEDAY BIRDS is just enchanting. I highly recommend it to ALL readers. (Seriously, GET THIS BOOK!)

  • Nicole
    Feb 17, 2017

    My only problem with this book is it should have held some pictures and facts about all of the birds mentioned, even just in the flyleaves as an old naturalist art book may have had or as another reviewer suggested a map of the places the family went to on their road trip, however the story itself was fantastic and I'm pretty sure the above mentioned complaints are the responsibility of the publishers and not in the author's control.

  • Brenda Kahn
    Feb 27, 2017

    I wanted to read this the moment I heard of this debut sometime early last summer. The road trip angle appealed to me but it was the birding part that made me WANT this big time. I pre-ordered a copy but have been really busy with other reading commitments. Plus I wanted to read it at a quiet and uninterrupted time. Charlie's voice is just so endearing and his interest in birding as well as the comfort he finds in it as a distraction from his huge worries was such a unique plot point. I love how

    I wanted to read this the moment I heard of this debut sometime early last summer. The road trip angle appealed to me but it was the birding part that made me WANT this big time. I pre-ordered a copy but have been really busy with other reading commitments. Plus I wanted to read it at a quiet and uninterrupted time. Charlie's voice is just so endearing and his interest in birding as well as the comfort he finds in it as a distraction from his huge worries was such a unique plot point. I love how the author thematically linked chapter names with the birds as well as the quotes by Charlie's hero, Tiberius Shaw. It's introspective and lovely; definitely one to give your more thoughtful readers, especially ones who love sad books. The sadness is leavened with humor. The road trip is interesting. Charlie's growth is believable. Hopefully, the birding descriptions will entice young readers into what I think is a fascinating pastime.

  • Ali Standish
    Feb 21, 2017

    This book was funny, poignant, bittersweet, and wholly lovable. A fantastically whimsical premise with an equally strong delivery and full of unexpected twists and turns that will tug at your heart. A great addition to any middle grade bookshelf!