Sally J. Pla

Sally J. Pla is an award-winning author of books for young people and the young at heart. She is an autism advocate who believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains. We are all stars shining with different lights.

She is available for school visits and book club visits, where she’s happy to discuss her mission to populate literature with books about characters whose brains operate slightly outside the norm - just as a matter of course.

THE SOMEDAY BIRDS (HarperCollins), Sally’s debut novel, is about about Charlie, a bird-loving boy on a life-changing journey across the country to see his injured dad. It was the winner of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2017, a Nerdies Award winner, a NY Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2017, a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee , and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2017, as well as receiving starred reviews and appearing on several state awards reading lists.

STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE, just out from HarperCollins, is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2018, with a starred review from Kirkus (“add to the growing list of intelligent books about kids whose brains operate outside the norm”). The School Library Journal calls it “an excellent addition to promote social-emotional learning.” NY Times bestselling author Booki Vivat says, "Sally J. Pla captures the challenges of moving through a world that can sometimes feel too big to face, and introduces a character that readers cannot help but root for. A fun, vibrant story full of humanity and heart!”

Sally’s first picture book, BENJI, THE BAD DAY, & ME, publishes with Lee & Low this September.

Sally has appeared on local television and radio, talking about her mission as an author. She’s also worked in the past as a business journalist and in public education. She lives with her family and a big fluffy dog in North County San Diego, where she’s hard at work on the next book.


This funny and moving second novel from the author of The Someday Birds features comic trivia, a safety superhero, and a super-cool scavenger hunt all over downtown San Diego, as our young hero Stanley Fortinbras grapples with his anxiety—and learns what, exactly, it means to be brave.

Nobody knows comics trivia like Stanley knows comics trivia.

It’s what he takes comfort in when the world around him gets to be too much. And after he faints during a safety assembly, Stanley takes his love of comics up a level by inventing his own imaginary superhero, named John Lockdown, to help him through.

Help is what he needs, because Stanley’s entered Trivia Quest—a giant comics-trivia treasure hunt—to prove he can tackle his worries, score VIP passes to Comic Fest, and win back his ex-best friend. Partnered with his fearless new neighbor Liberty, Stanley faces his most epic, overwhelming, challenging day ever.

What would John Lockdown do?

Stanley’s about to find out.


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