The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn


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$19.99  $18.59
Quill Tree Books
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5.94 X 8.6 X 1.02 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of three acclaimed novels, The Someday Birds, Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, and The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn, and a picture book, Benji, the Bad Day, and Me. She has English degrees from Colgate and Penn State and has worked as a business journalist and in public education. Sally, who's neurodivergent, lives with her family near lots of lemon trees in Southern California. She believes in the beauty of difference and that we are all stars shining with different lights. Visit her online at


"A heartfelt story of courage and hope about Maudie, who navigates the world in her own unique divergent way, even while struggling with challenging family dynamics and loss. Readers will cry, cheer, and celebrate, and not soon forget, Maudie McGinn." -- Pam Muñoz Ryan, Newbery Honor-winning author

"A gorgeous, bighearted, beautiful book. I loved it." -- Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat

"A powerful and deeply affecting story that will carry readers along like the perfect wave." -- Barbara Dee, author of Maybe He Just Likes You

"A vulnerable portrait of one girl seeking to empower and redefine herself outside of her personal traumas." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Anyone who's different in a place where being different is feared will identify with Maudie's struggles. Maudie's journey from blaming herself for her neurodivergence to standing up for herself brings joy and hope to this autistic reader." -- Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of the LA Times Book Prize-winning Torch

"A breathtakingly beautiful ride of a story about an unforgettable, neurodivergent heroine." -- Jess Redman, award-winning author of The Miraculous

"Gorgeously written; brims with empathy and understanding."
-- Emily Barth Isler, author of AfterMath

"Through Maudie's earnest, occasionally poetic narration, Pla vividly explores the ways that physical and verbal abuse can distort self-perception. A perceptive, poignant tale of self-discovery." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Any reader who has ever felt different will be able to relate to Maudie's journey to finding her home and her people." -- ALA Booklist