Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of acclaimed middle-grade novels THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, THE FIRE, THE WATER, AND MAUDIE McGINN, and STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE, and the picture book, BENJI, THE BAD DAY, & ME. Her books are Junior Library Guild Selections with starred reviews that have appeared on many awards lists and “best books” roundups. Sally has appeared on television and radio as an author and autism advocate, and she runs the website resource A Novel Mind (anovelmind.com). Sally believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains -- we are all stars shining with different lights! Visit her at www.sallyjpla.com.

Other Works

  • Ada and Zaz

  • Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

  • Benji, The Bad Day, and Me

  • The Someday Birds


Awards and Recognition

  • THE SOMEDAY BIRDS: – Winner of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award for 2018 – New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2017 – Junior Library Guild Selection 2017 – Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee – Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2017 – Publishers Weekly Starred Review – Shelf Awareness Starred Review – CommonSense Media Five Star Rating – Nerdies Award Winner 2017 – Dorothy Canfield Fisher (VT) Book Award Nominee – Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee – Wisconsin Library Ass’n Children’s Book Award Finalist – Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee - Amazon "Teacher's Pick"
  • STANLEY: A New York Public Library Best Kids Book * A Kirkus Best Book * A Bank Street Best Children's Book * Amazon "Teacher's Pick"
  • BENJI: Bank Street Best Children's Book, Winner of San Diego Book Award 2019, Amazon "Teacher's Pick," CCBC Choices