Sally J. Pla has been a desk clerk at a creaky old hotel, a very forgetful waitress, and a terrible back-up singer for a local band, but she’s always loved writing the best. She has a couple of English degrees, and has worked as a business journalist and in public education. With three sons, a husband, and an enormous, fluffy dog, she lives near lots of lemon trees in Southern California. Oh, and she writes stories for middle graders and young adults. Although anyone is welcome to read them, if they really want.
Sally’s debut novel. Someday Birds (Harper Collins Childrens, January 24, 2017) is Middle Grade Contemporary. Bird-loving Charlie, diagnosed with OCD and Asperger’s, reluctantly travels cross-country with his siblings to see his dad, hospitalized after a brain injury. Charlie bargains with the universe that if he can spot along the way all the rare birds that the two had been hoping to see someday, then everything might just turn out okay.
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: With my wild friend Maria, in Caracas, where I lived, then, I hitched a ride at midnight from a jeep-full of Venezuelan soldiers. It turned out fine, but, basically, I was an idiot at 17. Nobody tell my mom.
If she could travel anywhere in the world, she’d go: I haven’t been back to my old New England hometown in eons. I’d go there, walk on the jetty, look out over the water, and yearn.
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